Dental implants are unlike any other restoration. Other prosthetics attach to neighboring teeth or the surface of your gums. While many people’s oral needs are served by dental bridges and dentures, the prosthetics never fully replace the feeling and function of natural teeth.
Only restoration that functions like a natural tooth are dental implants. The key to the stability of this tooth-replacement option is the titanium post that is placed in your jawbone near the location of your missing tooth root. The implant replaces the tooth root.
This restorative treatment gives many health benefits. Roots of tooth promote bone growth and help prevent jawbone atrophy. If you have one or more missing teeth and have not sought dental implants, you are in danger of losing precious jawbone density.
Over time, the loss of jawbone tissue can complicate your candidacy for receiving dental implants. If you recently lost a tooth or are about to undergo a tooth extraction, you should consider dental implant.
The dental implant treatment timeline can last anywhere from three to six months or longer, depending on your unique situation and how quickly your jawbone heals after implant placement. First, we will schedule oral surgery to place one or more dental implants. Then, you will require a few months to recover. During this time, the implant will fuse with the surrounding jawbone. After that duration of time your abutment has been placed, you can enjoy the placement of your custom dental crown.
The advent of computer-guided implant placement allows us to use advanced imaging and digital screens to clearly map out your jawbone before implant placement. The 3D cbct image gives a detailed representation of the availability of bone that can help us to decide where to place dental implants. The imaging process can then be combined to render a surgical guide that can then be fitted over the dental arch during the dental implant surgery. This step allows us to see exactly where the implants need to go.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The main benefit of dental implants is the restoration of natural oral functions, whether you are speaking or chewing. Many of our patients report that their dental implant feels just like their natural teeth. Once your new dental crown has been placed on your implant, you may forget that you even have a false tooth! Plus, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that your jawbone strength will be preserved due to the presence of the artificial root.