Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone, usually by an oral surgeon or periodontist. The crowns attached to implants have a natural appearance, restoring a patient’s smile- both functionally and aesthetically.
Dental implants are strong, stable, and durable and will last you for many years. On occasion, they may have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons for dental implants:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
- Resolve joint or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space
- Restore chewing and speech
- Enhance facial tissue
- Support for a bridge or denture
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants will require a number of visits to your periodontist, or oral surgeon, over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone density, gum tissue health, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate to the bone (known as osseointegration) for up to six months.
The process of getting your implant crown usually requires two appointments with Dr Davis, over a period of three weeks.
Once the implant has been tested for osseointegration by the dental specialist who placed it , Dr Davis will take an x-ray and impression of your new implant. Along with photos, the X-ray and impression are then sent to the dental laboratory- where the dental ceramist will create a natural looking crown for your implant. Implant crowns can be made to be either screw-retained or cement-retained- Dr Davis will choose the best option for you after careful consideration of your individual case.
At your final visit, three weeks later, the custom implant crown will be placed and examined for quality, fit and comfort.
You will receive care instructions throughout your treatment. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant and crown.