Patients do not go to the dentist for crowns, bridges or dental implants. THEY WANT TEETH! They expect them to look good, feel good, work well and be long lasting and healthy.
Implants meet those expectations. In this age of cosmetic dentistry, patients are defining implant success as: aesthetic tooth replacement, natural function, longevity and a healthy environment that can be maintained with routine oral hygiene. For those who may have permanent tooth loss due to disease or accident, implant surgery is an excellent option.
A dental implant begins with a sterile Titanium cylinder (screw) that is placed into the jawbone under the gums. This implant grows to the bone and becomes a replacement tooth root. Following the healing process, a crown, partial and/or denture can be placed to the implant making it look natural.
Implants are no longer experimental, exotic or rare. Implant procedures are affordable and as basic as restorative dentistry. They are becoming the treatment of choice for an increasing number of everyday people who want the best that dentistry has to offer.
Implant technology is available here at Dr. Cliff Hays General Dentistry. Dr. Hays uses the Nobel Biocare implant system because he believes it to be one of the best implant system on the market today.
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 requires a number of visits over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. 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 when your treatment is completed. 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 would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office.