Who Can Recieve a Dental Implant?
Dental implants have advanced over the years to provide patients with a secure abutment for crowns, bridges and even dentures and partials. Because of this, we here at Destination Dental Care will help you concerning your dental implant procedure and what to expect. The procedure is done quickly, and you can benefit from the many advantages that comes with having an implant placed.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small metal rods, usually made of titanium, that are placed underneath the gum line and into the bone. They act as the tooth roots of a natural tooth. Over the course of about three months, the implant fuses with the bone and acts as an abutment for prosthetics like crowns, bridges and even dentures.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
An exam will be done to determine if you are a viable candidate for implants. People with poor immune systems or those with poor bone density may not be eligible candidates for the procedure, however, most healthy adults can have an implant placed with very good success rates. Some of the reasons to have an implant placed include:
- You’re missing one or more teeth
- You don’t want a fixed bridge placed
- You need dentures or a partial that is more secured in place
What happens during the procedure for a Dental Implant?
A dental implant procedure is a multi-step procedure. The dentist will begin by making an incision into the gumline to expose the jawbone below. Once the bone is exposed, a hole will be drilled into the bone where the implant will be placed. The implant is then placed, and the healing process begins. The implant will need to fuse with your natural bone for it to be effective and strong. This process can take upwards of three months to properly fuse together. Once the implant has fused a crown will be placed on top of the implant and act and function as your natural tooth.
If you need a dental implant, or would like to inquire further about dental implants, contact us today!