Dental implants are an extraordinary blend of science and art. Made of titanium, dental implants are securely anchored into the jaw, by an oral surgeon or periodontist, and serve as roots for dental crowns. In many cases, dental implants are considered the best option for replacing missing teeth. Once restored, dental implants offer several advantages over other tooth replacement options. They look, feel and function just like real teeth! With dental implants, surrounding teeth are left untouched.
How will I benefit from a dental implant?
Benefits include an improved smile and appearance, the enhanced ability to chew and enjoy food, and protection of the other teeth and jawbone. In addition, an implant:
- Becomes a permanent part of the mouth, integrated into the surrounding bone
- Doesn’t slip, move, or irritate gum tissue, unlike dentures
- Minimizes jawbone degeneration from missing teeth
Implants are considered the best tooth replacement option, and function as natural teeth. The procedure requires the use of local or general anesthesia to minimize discomfort. After the procedure, a pain medication may be prescribed depending on the patients’ condition, for some swelling or tenderness may be experienced. Typically, treatment takes from three to nine months. This varies according to the needs of the patient and the extent of the procedure.
For additional information about dental implants, and if they are right for you, please call our office to speak with one of our dental professionals.