When people lose or break their teeth, the teeth may be replaced with dental implants. What’s involved, and what are the benefits to implant dentistry?
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored to the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. One of the major benefits of a tooth implant is that it does not rely on neighboring teeth for support and they are permanent and stable. A tooth implant is a good solution to tooth loss because it looks and feels like a natural tooth.
What are Dental Implants made of?
Tooth implant material is made from different types of metallic and bone-like ceramic materials that are compatible with body tissues. Most dental implants are made of titanium, which bonds well with bone and is biocompatible, making it an ideal material for a tooth implant. The dental crowns that restore the dental implants are made right here in our office while you wait using the amazing CEREC® crown in a day dental technology.
How are implants placed?
First, we will perform implant dentistry surgery to place the tooth implant’s anchor in the jaw. The implant dentistry surgery can be quick or can last several hours depending on how many dental implants are being placed and the needs of the patient. Healing time may take anywhere from 8-12 weeks and at times up to six months for the jawbone to grow around the anchor to hold it firmly in place. Don’t worry, though. We won’t let you go without a nice looking smile. There is a temporary means to replace that tooth to get you to your final tooth. Once the tooth implant is stable and the gums have healed, we will make the artificial teeth and fit them to the post portion of the anchor. Dr. Bauer will work with you to create an implant that fits well and is comfortable and attractive.
Who places the implants?
Depending upon their training, general dentists, oral surgeons, or other specialists can place implants. Dr. Bauer has been trained and continues to take continuing implant dentistry education courses to keep up with the latest technology and science of placing and restoring implants. He has been placing dental implants for years.
Call today for more information about getting a tooth implant!