What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a restorative option for replacing a missing tooth. If you’re missing a tooth, your only two options in the past were to place a fixed bridge or to wear a partial denture. Implants are often made of surgical-safe titanium so that they are able to integrate with the body naturally. Over time, the implant fuses with the underlying bone and become a crucial part of your smile.
Why would Dental Implants be needed?
Dental implants are often needed if you’re missing one or more of your own natural teeth. Rather than wear a removable partial denture, implants can be placed to restore your smile and improve functionality. Many patients like the fact that implants work on their own and do not require surrounding teeth to be compromised. You can expect your implants to last for four or more decades without showing signs of a problem or wear.
Who is a candidate for a Dental Implant?
The procedure to place an implant is relatively straightforward, and most patients are good candidates to have it done. You should be healthy enough to undergo an oral surgery as well as have enough bone structure in the area where the implant is to be placed. If you have bone loss, we may suggest a bone graft prior to the implant surgery itself. Bone grafts can be done quickly and are essential for giving the implant something to bond with while it is healing.
What happens during the Dental Implant procedure?
The implant procedure will begin with sedation or local anesthetic. We will discuss your sedative options during the consultation appointment prior to surgery. Dr. Ally then makes an incision through the gum line and creates a small tunnel for the implant through the bone. Once this is done, the implant is placed and you’ll be sent home with important aftercare instructions and an oral rinse. You can expect the implant to heal in a few months before having a restoration made to be placed over it.
If you would like to schedule an appointment to come in for a consultation for implants, call us today to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members.