Dental implants are another great way to replace missing teeth. They provide a permanent, fixed option instead of wearing a removable denture. In many cases, dental implants are the preferred restoration over a fixed bridge since an implant does not require possible unnecessary drilling on the adjacent teeth in order to replace a missing tooth. Dental implants are made of biocompatible titanium that, in time, osseointegrate (fuse) to your bone and create a very strong, stable and durable restoration that will last many years.
Reasons for dental implants:
- Replace one or more missing teeth
- Restore a patient’s smile
- Restore chewing and speaking function
- Restore facial esthetics
- Support a crown, fixed bridge, or denture
What does a dental implant involve?
- In order to have a dental implant placed, Dr. Paroo will evaluate the site where the implant is to be placed. He will prescribe detailed imaging to be taken in order to evaluate the amount of bone present in the area to be sure that the site can support an implant. Once the site has been carefully evaluated, the site will be numbed and the implant will be surgically placed into the bone. The implant will then be given time to heal and integrate for up to 6 months. Once the implant has successfully integrated into your jaw, an abutment, or post will be attached the implant, and finally a crown will be fabricated to be cemented onto the abutment.
- The process can take several visits over several months, depending on the complexity of the case.
- Dental implants are a very reliable restoration, and since they are made entirely of titanium and other biocompatible materials, there is a very low rate of failure of these restorations.