Dental implant services may be an option when bridges, crowns or other restorative procedures are not the best solutions. These are a permanent solution to lost teeth where an artificial tooth is attached to a surgically implanted base in the jaw.
The most important step with dental implant services is called implant insertion. An implant insertion may be referred to as implant placement and is where a surgeon or periodontist will do a placement surgery, over two oral surgery sessions.
The first surgery is where a titanium post is surgically secured in the jawline, acting as a root for the artificial tooth. Once the titanium post is put in, it will begin to fuse with the jaw bone. The gum then covers the implant while it heals.
A second surgery is required to fit a connector to the top of the implanted post. The connector is the piece that will attach the crown (artificial tooth) to the embedded titanium post.
Implant restoration is done after the placement surgery and is where a replica tooth or crown fits onto the implant. A replica tooth is fabricated, usually made of a ceramic material.
What Makes a Good Candidate
To be qualified as a good candidate for dental implant services, healthy gums and supportive bone in the jawline are essential. Problems can occur if the bone is too thin or soft. If this is the case, a bone graft may fix the issue. Another issue is if the sinuses are located too closely to the jaw, but a sinus lift may fix this.
Dental Implant Benefits
The advantage to dental implants is that they won’t come loose in the same way a denture can. They are also easier to maintain good oral health as there is no need to anchor them to other teeth like with bridges. Dental implant services can be an excellent option for those looking to improve their smile.
If you are interested in dental implant services, speak to your dentist about having a consult. They can assess whether you are a good candidate for the procedure and whether any other supportive measures like a bone graft or sinus lift are required.
Your dentist will then refer you to a reputable periodontist or oral surgeon who will then proceed with the implant insertion. They will be board certified and incredibly well-versed in the available implant material options. They will be your next step in your journey to a longer-lasting, brighter smile. From there the artificial tooth or teeth will be fitted onto the implant.
Dental implant services are an excellent option for people looking to improve their oral health. Talk to our experienced dentists, dedicated to providing personalized dental care every step of the way.