What are Dental Implants?
Improve your appearance, enjoy eating your favorite foods, maintain healthy adjacent teeth, and experience renewed confidence. Dental implants are a safe, medically proven, aesthetic alternative to traditional crowns, bridges, and dentures. They offer new levels of comfort, security, and confidence over traditional treatments.
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and provide a fixed solution to having removable partials or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into your upper or lower jaw bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore your smile!
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable. They will last many years, but, on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons for dental implants:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
- Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth spaces.
- Restore a patient’s confident smile.
- Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
- Restore or enhance facial tissues.
- Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
What is involved in getting dental implants? How long does it take?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months. X-rays and impressions, or molds, are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the post that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants, the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.
If you have more questions about dental implants, call Thorp Dental Center in Thorp, WI at 715-669-5330.