Implants have been used for years to replace natural teeth. Rather than having to wear a bulky partial denture or needing to compromise surrounding teeth, the implant works independently and can replace the roots and crown of a missing tooth. Implants are made of titanium, which allows them to withstand the daily pressure of eating, grinding and chewing. Most patients have their implants intact for decades, so they are considered a lifelong restoration that you simply won’t need to worry about.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Implants work by fusing with the jawbone during a process that is known as osseointegration. Osseointegration can take place in roughly three to six months after the implant has been placed. If you have areas of bone loss or weakened bone, the implant may not be able to fuse properly with it. In this case, we will suggest that you have a bone graft done to build up the area for the new implant. If you fail to go for a bone grafting, the implant will remain loose and will never fuse with the bone.
To determine if you’re a good candidate, we’ll perform an exam and take special x-rays. These x-rays allow us to see the health and state of your jawbone where the implant needs to be placed. Patients with low-lying sinuses may benefit from a sinus lift so that the implant has more surface to bond with over time. Most of our patients who either need or want a new implant can have the restoration placed, and the procedure to place it is easy, quick and convenient.
How to Begin Your Implant Consultation
You can expect the consultation to involve an exam, x-rays and talk about your future oral health goals. We will answer any and all of your questions regarding the implant and its technology. We recommend writing down any questions you have regarding the procedure and bringing it with you during the consultation appointment. We make sure that the implant surgery is at a time that is convenient for you. You can expect the new implant to take a few months to fully heal before another restoration, like a crown, can be made for the top of it.
If you’re ready to begin the process of dental implants, we welcome you to call our office and speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members.