Dental implants are modern devices that can be used in cases where teeth have been lost to disease or injury, or need to be replaced for cosmetic reasons. Permanently placed in the mouth through a procedure that involves oral surgery, implants have become popular alternatives to conventional dentures or dental bridges.
How Dental Implants Work
The implant itself is actually the root, or base, on which a crown or other prosthetic fixture is attached. Implants can either be placed atop or in the bone, and will become permanently fused to it through a process known as osseointegration. Implants are considered superior to other prosthetic devices because they:
Undergoing Implant Treatment
The procedure will involve the removal of the affected tooth, if necessary, and an examination of the area to receive the implant. Carried out by either a conventional or a cosmetic dentist, the actual placement of the implant will normally take between one and two hours to complete, and with the patient under a local anesthesic to eliminate pain during the oral surgery. Any discomfort after the procedure can normally be treated with over-the-counter medications. After a period of healing and further assessment to ensure proper bone growth, the dental prosthesis will be attached to the implant. The entire process is normally done in three phases over a period of six to eight months.
Who is a Suitable Candidate?
The best candidates are those who, despite the problems with their teeth, have gums that are generally healthy and also have enough bone in their jaws to support the implants. Anyone considering implant surgery should know that, through technological advances, the success rate for the procedure has reached 98 percent.
Seeking the Right Advice
A consultation with a cosmetic dentist will help in determining whether you are a suitable candidate for implants. We will give you all the advice you need to make the decision, but you first have to contact our office for an appointment.