Dental implants are very effective in upgrading the aesthetics of your smile. Used to replace missing teeth or fill in large gaps, our expert dental team is very experienced in the latest dental implant technology. A dental implant actually replaces the root portion of a tooth and is placed directly into the jawbone. They are generally manufactured from a titanium alloy that can support crowns, bridges, and dentures.
There needs to be a significant bone to properly support an implant and your dentist will perform a thorough consultation to assess your suitability. Considered an advanced procedure, sedation is required while a tiny hole is drilled into the jawbone and an implant is inserted. A temporary tooth is attached while the implant heals, which generally takes between 3 to 6 months. Once the implant has successfully been integrated into your mouth, the temporary tooth will be replaced by a permanent crown, bridge, or denture.
You can generally expect the implant procedure to last approximately 1-2 hours. In the event that you do not have enough bone to support an implant, it is possible to receive a bone graft. Bone can be removed from another area of the body or an artificial bone can be used to replace the quantity required to undergo the treatment of dental implants. In your consultation, our team will discuss whether this may be an option for you.
Dental implants can be a cost-effective solution and are popular for their stability and comfort. Since the implant is embedded in the jaw bone, it will provide the same force as a natural tooth would during chewing which prevents further shrinkage of the jawbone. With traditional dentures and bridges that do not have implants into the bone, over time it may recede and alter the appearance of your face. Implants do not disturb any adjacent teeth and are a comfortable, permanent solution.