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Dental implants offer a natural looking replacement for adult teeth. In addition, implants restore functionality to the jaw, making speaking, eating, and chewing easier. Most implants are comprised of a screw that is embedded into the bone, and a post, to which the prosthesis is attached. Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and can also provide a stable foundation for a removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support, and help maintain the patient's bone level.
Dental implants are artificial roots, usually made of titanium, that are surgically placed into the jaw bone by Dr. Northcutt. The crown attached to implants are very natural looking and enhance or restore a patient’s smile. Dental implants are also the best way to stabilize overdentures. Implants make it possible to have an overdenture without the bulky palate of a traditional denture (sits in the roof of the mouth) that can cause a patient to gag. Implants firmly anchor the dental prosthesis, which means there is no longer any need to suffer with ill-fitting, loose dentures.
Dental implants are strong and durable and will last many years.
Reasons for dental implants:
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
Restore a patient’s confident smile.
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
Restore or enhance facial tissues.
Support a bridge or denture, making it more secure and comfortable
A dental implant procedure involves:
The process of getting a dental implant requires more than one visit over a few months to allow proper bone integration and strength.
X-rays and impressions are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, 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 itself for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second appointment may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place.
After several weeks of healing the crown (artificial tooth) is made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. After a healing period, the crown is securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
If you the patient is having an implant placed to stabilize a denture or overdenture, the head portion of the implant looks very much like a ball. This ball fits firmly into the retaining mechanism and together these structures hold the overdenture at a designated level. The overdenture will sit comfortably on the gum tissue and it is able to withstand significant amounts of pressure and natural force.
You will receive home care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene and eating habits, along with regular dental cleanings, will aid in the life of your new implant.
If you have questions about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office.