Dental Implants Q & A
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a way to replace one or more missing teeth. An implant is a small, post-like structure made from titanium that your dentist surgically places in your jawbone. The implant is later affixed with an abutment that holds a bridge or crown that resembles your natural teeth.
Dental implants are a long-term solution for missing teeth and can help you achieve a natural-looking smile, providing additional strength to your jaw and bite and allowing your new artificial teeth to function just like your natural ones.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
A consultation at Dental Made Easy is the best way to know if you’re a good candidate for dental implants. They can replace one or more missing teeth, but you must have sufficient bone density in your jaw to support the implant. In some cases, a bone graft can be performed to supplement the bone in your jaw, if necessary.
Many people choose dental implants as a more permanent, hassle-free alternative to dentures.
What is the process for getting a dental implant?
The dental implant procedure usually happens over the course of a few appointments. During your first visit, your dentist surgically places the implant, securing it in the empty tooth cavity.
Over the course of several weeks, the implant naturally fuses with the surrounding bone in a process called osseointegration. That allows the implant to maintain a strong foundation for your artificial replacement tooth.
At your final appointment, your dentist attaches a custom-made crown — or bridge, if you’re replacing several missing teeth — to the implant. That gives you the appearance of a natural tooth. After the procedure, you can eat, drink, and speak normally.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
The dental implant procedure is a painless process that delivers long-term results. Other benefits of dental implants include:
- Convenience: implants look natural and function like regular teeth
- Health: can resolve dental issues caused by missing teeth
- Confidence: reliable results that allow you to smile with a full set of teeth
To learn more about dental implants and how they can transform your smile, contact Gentle Dental Family Care today. Call or book online to schedule a free consultation.