What are Dental Implants?

When individuals have missing teeth there are numerous alternatives to replace these teeth. One of these alternatives is dental implants. 

The purpose for implants are to replace missing roots and also support artificial replacement teeth.

Usually a dentist will refer you to a specialist that will perform this procedure for you. Your dentist will be able to make them comfortable and look like your natural smile. Initially the specialist will carefully examine your mouth and take x-rays of your jaw and teeth to determine if you are eligible for implants.

The procedure starts with the dentist by inserting an artificial root made of titanium metal into the jawbone. It is there to replace the root of the natural tooth. They will then attach an artificial replacement tooth to the implant where it will become an anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place.

As the tissue in your mouth heals, the implants will attach itself to the bone and the gums. It can take several months to heal.

During the second stage of surgery and once the tissue is healed, the specialist will attach an abutment to the implant. The abutment acts as a post that affixes the implant to the tooth that is being replaced.

You may be asking if you are a right candidate for dental implants. If you a fit and healthy with healthy gums and have enough bone in the jaw to hold an implant then dental implants could be the procedure for you.

Once you receive the dental implants caring for them is a primary concern. Like your natural teeth, implants need to be kept clean using a toothbrush and floss. Regular dental checkups are important so your dentist can make sure that your bite is right and that your implants are not loose.

Lastly, there are certain takeaways that you will need to know. Several visits to your dentist or specialist may be needed until the process is done.

Implants may be an expensive option and not be covered by your dental plan. Possible complications from this procedure include bleeding, numbness, infection or injury to nearby muscles or the sinus cavity.

From Our Team

  • We highly recommend a professional cleaning with our team at least twice year to maintain optimal oral health.
    - The Kerhoulas Dental Team
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