Understanding Dental Implants
There are two basic parts of a dental implant: The implant itself and a restoration that is attached after the healing process is complete. A dental implant is a small, rod or screw-shaped piece of titanium that is inserted directly into your jaw and gum tissue where your missing tooth used to be. After it heals, the implant functions as an artificial tooth root. Titanium has the unique ability to bond permanently (or “osseointegrate”) with your gum and jaw tissue, providing a stable platform upon which a restoration (typically a dental crown) can be placed.
The Placement And Restoration Process
During your first appointment, you’ll have your dental implant surgically placed in your gum line. One of our dentists will clean and numb your mouth, and create a small opening in your gum where your missing tooth used to be. The dental implant will be placed in this opening and it will be cleaned and sutured shut. After this, you’ll be sent home to recover and our team will be in contact to check in and ensure that your healing process is going smoothly. It takes about 3-6 months for the dental implant to “osseointegrate” and bond permanently with your oral tissue.
As you heal, the team at Enamel Dentistry will work closely with an outside lab to create a dental crown that will match your existing teeth perfectly. When your mouth has healed, you’ll come in for a follow-up appointment and your dental crown will be checked for proper fit. The crown will then be permanently attached directly to your dental implant. You’ll leave our office with a complete, confident smile.
Are Dental Implants Right For Me?
As a rule, dental implants are best for patients who have good overall oral health. You must be free of gum disease and other dental health issues like tooth decay. Non-smokers are also preferred, as tobacco use can interfere with the process of implant placement and healing. Most importantly, your gum and jaw will need to be strong enough to support a dental implant.
The best way to determine whether you are a good candidate for implant surgery is to schedule a consultation at Enamel Dentistry. Our dentists will thoroughly assess your health and give you honest advice and guidance about your restorative options.