Dental implants are becoming more popular in today’s dental society for a number of reasons. Whenever a tooth is lost, the biting forces change and the teeth next to the space can shift. Also, opposing teeth may even be compromised by extruding into the open space, resulting in eventual tooth loss. Implants are titanium cylinders that are surgically placed in the jaw to serve as artificial roots. Attaching a replacement tooth to an implant allows us to avoid placing a bridge.
Benefits of Implants
An implant and crown are practically indistinguishable from natural teeth, and it fits so securely that you won’t even notice it when chewing or speaking. Dental implants will improve your smile, chewing function and contributes to the preservation of healthy teeth and bone. When maintained, they enhance facial structure and self-esteem. The overall benefit is eating better, feeling better and looking better.
The tooth structure has two main sections, the root, and the crown. The root is the section of the tooth that is below the gum line. A dental implant replaces the root of the tooth and provides an anchor in the jawbone. The first step of the procedure is the placement of the implant, with local anesthetic. There is no significant discomfort with this appointment. This process will take 1-2 hours depending on the number of implants being placed. After placement, the implant will be covered up with the gum and left undisturbed for a period of up to 4-6 months. During this time, bone will integrate around the implant. A removable crown may be utilized during this time period to preserve the cosmetic appearance. The next step in the process is to attach an abutment to the tooth. This is achieved by exposing the top of the implant and placing the abutment. This is the part of the implant that will support the final crown.
Finally, an impression is taken of the implant, with the abutment, and the final restoration is crafted. The final appointment consists of attaching the crown portion to the implant to create a restoration that is extremely functional, comfortable and cosmetically pleasing. Your completed implant will be ready to use immediately, allowing you to resume normal activities.
Ask us if implants are the right choice for you, and get the support and stability you deserve. Call Reedley Family Dental, we’ve placed over 1000’s of implants!