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What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the closest dental restoration to your original teeth.

They replace severely damaged or missing teeth and can be used to secure restorations like dentures and dental bridges. Dental Implants provide the functionality of a normal tooth and are natural-looking. They require the same home care as a regular tooth: brushing, flossing, and check-ups. Patients with dental implants often have greater satisfaction and results than other types of dental restorations.

Dental implants consist of two primary parts, a small titanium post and a crown. The small titanium post is first implanted into the jawbone, titanium is used because of its unique compatibility with human tissue.

The jawbone will grow naturally around the titanium post and secure it in place, unlike other metals. After healing, and the post is secure, will place a dental crown to the post. The titanium post acts similarly to a natural tooth root and the crown provides a natural looking tooth and biting surface. Dental implants can replace a single tooth or many teeth, regardless of whether the tooth loss was caused by disease or injury.

Considering Dental Implants?

•  They can replace one or more missing teeth.
•  They help prevent teeth from shifting to fill gaps.
•  They improve bite and chewing ability.
•  They are permanent and undetectable.
•  They prevent associated jaw joint issues.
•  They reduce the sunken look caused by missing teeth.
•  They can be used to anchor a denture or partial.
•  They improve appearance and confidence.

Options for Missing Teeth

A dental implant is a metal device designed to replace missing teeth.

The device is usually made out of titanium and is surgically placed into the jawbone where the tooth is missing. Unlike a dental bridge, an implant is permanent.

Crowns and conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. For some people, dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments, implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or a denture.

Implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone, a process called osseointegration. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural and some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes. Candidates for dental implants must have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant.

What does a dental implant involve?

Implant Site Preparation

The gum tissue is opened to expose the bone area where the implant will be placed. In situations where there is insufficient bone structure, bone grafting may be a recommended procedure. Once healthy bone material has been established, Dr. Damion Gilday will use a special drill is used to prepare the bone to receive the implant.

Placing the Implant

After the bone has been prepared, the implant is placed and the tissue is sutured.
The healing process takes three to six months. This is the amount of time it usually takes the implant to become part of the lower jaw, commonly refered to as osseointegration.

Eventhough it takes so long for osseointegration the sutures are typically removed seven to fourteen days after surgery.

Attaching the Post

When the gum tissue is ready, a special post is attached to the implant. It is the support for the new porcelain crown. Today's technologies often include zirconium abutments attached to the implant post, to assure that the new porcelain tooth possesses translucency properties similar to a natural tooth.

Placing the Crown

After impressions are taken a crown is made and shaded to match your existing teeth. The crown is then slipped over the post and cemented. This final prosthetic crown appears as a natural tooth.

There is a high rate of failure of implants in patients who smoke, so dental implants tend to not be an option for patients who are actively smoking. Dr. Damion Gilday will help you determine whether dental implants will be a good tooth replacement option for you. Proper brushing and flossing will maximize the longevity of your new dental implant.

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