Restoring Your Smile with Dental Implants:
A dental implant is a titanium post that is placed below the gums; it is used to replace a missing tooth in a way that looks and feels very natural. An implant is permanent and not removed like a partial denture. It is also a very conservative treatment option, since it does not involved cutting down adjacent teeth as is common with a bridge. Implants can also be used to support dentures, providing increased stability and retention.
Restoring your smile with dental implants:
Below are some answers to specific questions regarding dental implants:
What are dental implants? A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed below the gums. The implant serves as a base to support replacement teeth. Dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Implants offer stability because the titanium fuses to your bone; a process called integration. Integration of the implants into the bone allows your replacement teeth to look and feel natural.
What types of problems can implants treat? Conventional bridges, partial dentures, or complete dentures are no longer the only options when replacing missing teeth. Implants can be used to treat a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or to provide retention and support for complete dentures.
Who can benefit from Implants? Many people can benefit from dental implants. Because implants require surgery, patients must be in good health, have healthy gums, have adequate bone to support the implant, and be committed to meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental visits. If you are considering implants, a thorough evaluation by Dr. McEntire will help determine if you are a good candidate.
What are the steps involved in Implant therapy? First, surgery is performed to place the implant. This surgery is performed with local anesthetic and many patients choose to undergo sedation as well. Following placement, two to six months (depending on many factors) of healing may be required for the bone to integrate with the implant and firmly hold it in place. Once healing is complete the necessary crowns, bridges, or dentures are fabricated to fit the implants and restore function.
About our office: Because Dr. McEntire both places and restores implants, this provides continuity between the surgical and restorative phases of care and allows for the implant to be placed with the final restorative outcome in mind.