What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a permanent solution for patients seeking to replace missing teeth. Implants are a great choice for patients that have broken, damaged, or missing teeth. Implants are tooth replacements that look and feel like natural teeth. They are extremely durable, and are built to last upwards of 25 years.
Dental implants function like our natural teeth, and allow patients to speak and eat normally. They are comfortable in the mouth, and do not cause gum or mouth irritation like other removable tooth replacement options. Implants provide long lasting results, and if cared for properly they can last a lifetime.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
- Preserve the natural bone in the mouth, and help to stimulate new bone growth.
- Dental implants are permanent, and do not slip or click like other solutions.
- Implants are comfortable, and look and feel natural in the mouth.
- Implants can last upwards of 25 years, or a lifetime if they are cared for properly.
- Dental Implants restore full chewing power, and are as strong as natural teeth.
What to Expect During the Dental Implant Process?
The dental implants process requires multiple appointments in our office. We require a consultation with each patient to discuss any goals, and to determine the best treatment plan. Once we are ready to begin the implant process, the first step involves placing the implant into the jawbone. After this step is complete there is a healing process that must occur.
The healing period allows the implant time to fuse to the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This allows the implant to function like a natural tooth root in the mouth. In order for the implant to remain sturdy, and provide the required support, the patient must have enough bone present in the jaw. If necessary, bone grafts can be done to provide the additional support that is needed.
Once the healing process is complete, the patient returns to our office to complete the implant process. An abutment or connector is placed on top of the implant, and this holds the crown securely in place. Custom crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth. Temporary crowns may be necessary until patients return to have the permanent crown installed.
If you are interested in finding out how you can benefit from Dental Implants, contact Fountain Lake Family Dental to schedule your consultation