Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Enhancing your smile can be easy when you utilize the technology behind dental implants. Dental implants are specifically designed to replace missing dentition in any area of the mouth. The implant does not require filing or drilling of surrounding teeth, making it an independent option that’s suitable for most patients. The procedure itself is a lot less invasive than you might think and you’ll experience the benefits of a newly healed implant in just a few short months.

What You Need to Know About Dental Implants
Dental implants consist of a post, connector and dental crown. The post is what is inserted into the jaw bone during surgery. The post becomes osseointegrated with the bone in a few months, which simply means that the titanium implant fuses with the bone itself. Once the implant has completely healed, Dr. Kang will have a dental crown made for the area and place it appropriately. You’ll then have a secure, permanent restoration that enhances your natural smile.

What Makes You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are typically ideal for most patients because the benefits of having the implant placed far outweighs any risks that might be involved. However, if you have a medical condition that prevents proper healing of surgical sites and wounds, we may recommend other procedures to help replace your missing teeth. If there is not enough bone in the area, a bone grafting is necessary to ensure proper osseointegration of the implant post. The reason we recommend dental implants to many of our patients is because the procedure is ideal for most individuals. The surgery is done quickly and multiple implants can be placed at the same appointment as needed. Implants save surrounding teeth because they will not require filing, drilling or smoothing to make room for a fixed bridge.

Implant Surgery, Recovery and Care
Implant surgery can be done under either local or general sedation, per your request. If multiple implants are going to be placed at the same time, we may recommend general sedation so that the surgery goes smoothly and comfortably. The implants are surgically inserted deep into the bone, promoting proper osseointegration and fusion of the post itself. You’ll come back in periodically over the next few months to check the implant to make sure it’s healing properly. We’ll create a brand new dental crown for the implant and place it once it’s ready for the restoration.

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?

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.