Dental Implant Photos from Green Dental & Orthodontics
Sometimes, we lose teeth and there’s nothing that can be done to replace them — at least not without spending a lot of money.
But implants are a really good solution to this problem. Implants can provide excellent support and stability for dentures — both removable partial dentures and complete dentures.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth that replace missing teeth, and they’re usually made of titanium and that’s why they look like natural teeth. The implants are surgically placed into the jawbone by either a dentist or a periodontist. The implant stays in place, providing your jawbone with stability. This might sound extreme, but a dental implant is often our best solution for tooth replacement.
Dental implants are strong and durable and will last many years. On occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons for dental implants:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
- Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
- Restore a patient’s confident smile.
- Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
- Restore or enhance facial tissues.
- Support a bridge or denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants may require a number of visits over several months.
Before the implant can be placed, an X-ray and impression of the teeth are taken to determine bone and jaw structure. After the area has been numbed, the implant is surgically placed into the bone for up to six months to heal.
Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required. In some cases, the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time, whereas other implants require a second surgery to place the post that will hold the artificial tooth in place.
Thus, it is critical that you consult with your dentist and oral surgeon to find out what will work best for you.
After several weeks of healing, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. This process may take one to two months because it requires a lot of fittings.
After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions from your dentist when your treatment is completed. One important tip to be noted here: Good oral hygiene and eating habits, alongside regular dental visits, will aid in the life of your new implant.
If you have questions about dental implants or if would like to schedule a consultation, please contact call us at (818) 782-9500 or email us at [email protected]