- What are dental implants?
- What is the dental implant procedure like?
- What is the longevity of a dental implant?
Dental implants are small titanium posts that act as tooth root substitutes which provide the foundation for artificial teeth or crowns. We often describe them as "man-made tooth roots." Dental implants may also act as anchors for loose fitting dentures or partials.
For individuals considering dental implants we ask that you complete a health history as well as a brief visual and radiographic evaluation to determine if dental implants are indeed right for you. Placement of the dental implant is usually broken up into two separate appointments. The first appointment is the actual placement of the implant which involves gently threading the implant into the jawbone. The implant is then covered up for 3-6 months to allow the surrounding bone to bond to the implant providing you with a solid foundation for the artificial tooth. The second appointment simply involves uncovering the implant, attaching a small metal post to the implant, and taking an impression for the new crown.
At this time dental implants are by far the longest lasting treatment option for replacing missing teeth as compared to conventional treatment methods (i.e. partials, bridges, dentures).
Dental implants can significantly improve the quality of life for individuals with missing teeth or loose fitting dentures or partials.
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