For years, replacing missing teeth simply meant restoring the parts of the smile visible above the gum line. Now, dental implants have changed the way we replace teeth and improve your smile!
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are posts inserted below the gum lines to mimic the natural function of tooth roots. In most cases, we craft dental implants from titanium, but implant posts can be crafted from a variety of materials, including zirconia. In addition to recreating the natural function of your smile for improved stability, dental implants also stimulate the supportive structures of your teeth to maintain healthy jawbone density and gum tissue volume.
How are dental implants placed?
Dental implants are placed in two phases. The entire process can take between three to six months.
During the first phase, we’ll make a small incision in the soft tissue and surgically position the implant post below the gum line. We’ll then attach a protective cap to the top of the implant to protect the post as it fuses with its supportive structures.
During the second phase, we’ll design and place your permanent replacement tooth or teeth. Until your final implant is crafted, you can receive a temporary prosthetic to wear. Your final replacement tooth or teeth is permanently fixed to your implant posts.
How many dental implants do I need?
The number of implants you need depends on the number of teeth you’re replacing.
- One implant can replace one tooth or two consecutive teeth.
- Two implants can support a fixed bridge restoration for several consecutive missing teeth. This is also an option for very small partial dentures.
- Three or more implants can support most partial and full dentures.
How long will my dental implants last?
Because dental implants mimic the natural form and function of your smile, patients can keep their replacement teeth for a decade or longer with proper care. In fact, most patients retain their dental implants for the rest of their lifetime.
To make an appointment or learn more about our dental implant services, contact us today!