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Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental technology has come an incredibly long way from years ago. To completely replace a missing tooth, we often recommend an implant. Implants are made using surgical-safe titanium that is meant to last a lifetime once fully healed underneath the gums. The implant bonds smoothly with the bone and acts like an anchor for additional restorations to be placed on top. The procedure is done quickly, conveniently and comfortably in our office, and you can benefit from the many advantages that come from having an implant.

What Makes You a Viable Candidate for a Dental Implant?

Dental implants require solid, healthy bone to heal correctly. During the procedure, the implant is inserted into the bone, where it will bond with this bone over the course of about three to six months. If you have bone density problems or have an inability to heal fully and correctly due to an underlying condition, dental implants may not be the best option for you. However, certain implants can be used even in patients with poor bone density mass. This will be discussed during your exam and consultation, where a series of x-rays will be taken for us to determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure.

What Can You Expect with a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a safe, effective option for replacing missing teeth. Instead of compromising surrounding teeth with a fixed bridge or wearing a partial denture, the implant is securely placed and lasts a lifetime. The titanium that is used to design and craft the implant is safe to use in the body and is meant to withstand quite a bit of force and pressure. Because of the benefits of dental implants, they are quickly becoming one of the most sought-after dental options in the office.

While not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, the majority of patients who want one or more of them placed are able to have the surgery done. More often than not, patients are eligible for the procedure and can have it done. What’s more, the procedure is done relatively quickly and the heal time after the surgery is complete is minimal when compared to some other procedures. We are dedicated to enhancing and improving your smile with the help of quality implants. You will love the look and feel of your implants as well as how maintenance-free they are once fully healed.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

For patients who are completely missing one or more of their natural teeth, implants can help to replace missing dentition and create a fuller, more beautiful smile. In the past, patients typically had two options available to them when it came to replacing missing teeth. The first was with a fixed bridge, that required surrounding teeth to be filed down to make room for the restoration. The second option was with a partial denture, which is a removable appliance that fills in gaps and spaces. While both partials and bridges are still great options for many people, dental implants are permanently fixed in the mouth and do not require surrounding teeth to be compromised in any way.

What is a Dental Implant and Why Would You Need One?

A dental implant is often made with surgical-safe titanium. The metal is inserted into the gums and into the underlying bone. In under half a year, the implant bonds naturally with the bone to create an incredibly secure and strong abutment for a dental crown to be placed. You may need a dental implant if you are completely missing one or more teeth or if you wear dentures and want a more secured fit.

How Long Will a Dental Implant Last?

The beauty about dental implants is that they are designed to be a lifelong restorative option. Once the implant has fully healed and bonded with the bone, you can expect it to last for the rest of your life. The dental crown that is placed on top of the implant will need to be replaced every few years, but the implant remains the same. It is important to keep up with your bi-annual dental appointments even when you have implants.

Dental Implant Surgery and What to Expect

The surgery to place an implant is relatively easy and straightforward. First, an incision is made and the implant inserted into the gums and bone. The area is sutured and a retainer may be used to keep the implant securely in place while it heals. Once healed, the implant can be used to house dental crowns. The crown is attached to the connector of the implant, creating a beautifully natural look. Having an implant is a safe, reliable way to replace missing teeth without the need for compromising surrounding teeth or having to wear a removable prosthetic appliance.