If you’re missing dentition, we typically recommend having a dental implant placed. Dental implant technology has come an incredibly long way and is allowing patients of all ages and dental needs to enhance and perfect their smiles. Dental implants act independently, which means that surrounding teeth are not compromised. This prevents the need for filing or breaking down of normal, healthy teeth just to replace a missing tooth. Implants utilize osseointegration to fuse naturally with your jaw bone, creating a secure and permanent restorative option.
Dental Implants: What are They?
A dental implant is made from titanium, which has been proven time and time again to be safe when used in surgical procedures. The post of the implant is inserted into the bone of your jaw, acting like a secure and stable tooth root for a dental crown to be placed on top. The implant bonds with the bone in just a few short months and prevents the need for compromising surrounding teeth. Implants can even be used for denture patients who would like to have a more secure-fitting plate to enhance their smile.
How Long Will Your Dental Implants Last?
One of the main reasons so many patients choose implants over other procedures is because the implant post itself is permanent. Once the post undergoes osseointegration, it is there to stay and will not need to be repaired or replaced. The dental crown that is placed on the top of the implant once it’s healed is not permanent, but it will last for many years as any other dental crown would. With a dental implant, you’re investing in a permanent, life-long restoration that will allow you to enhance your natural smile easily.
The Procedure and Aftercare
At Sudbury Dental, we provide dental implants that are designed to replace missing teeth as well as secure your denture in place. You’ll have the implants inserted into the bone of the jaw and will need to come back routinely for checkup appointments. Normally, the implant fuses with the bone in about four months. You’ll then need to have a crown made for the area that will be placed on top of the freshly healed implant. If you have any further questions about the implant procedure or what to expect, our staff members are happy to help answer them and provide you with the information that you need.