What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small metal rods, often made with titanium, that get surgically placed underneath the gum line and into the bone. Over the course of about three months, the rod fuses naturally with the bone. Once healed, a crown or bridge can be placed on top of the implant to restore beauty and fullness to the smile. Some patients even have implants placed because they are looking for more secure-fitting dentures.
Are there different types of dental implants?
Dr. Brad Sammons, DDS discusses the types of different implant options available.
Why do you need a Dental Implant?
Implants are ideal for patients looking to replace teeth that are completely missing. Some of the reasons you might want to consider an implant include:
- You are missing one or more of your teeth
- You are trying to avoid having a fixed bridge placed
- You want a more secure-fitting denture
Before having an implant placed, you will need to come into our office for a consultation. From there, we can help determine if this option is the right one for you.
What makes you a good candidate for Dental Implants?
Most people who want a dental implant are able to have one placed. Ideally, implant patients should be healthy enough to undergo surgery and be free of immune-compromising disorders that may halt healing. Only an exam, consultation, and series of x-rays will determine if you’re a viable candidate for the procedure. You can rest assured that all implant surgeries are done in the comfort of our office at your own convenience.
What happens during the procedure for Dental Implants?
The dental implant surgery is relatively straightforward for each patient. First, you will receive anesthesia to either put you fully to sleep or numb the area. The implant is surgically placed underneath the gum line. After about three months, the implant will fuse with the bone and a crown will be made to place on top of the implant. It is important to follow all post-surgical instructions to ensure proper healing. With this procedure, you can then benefit from a full, healthy smile.
If you are interested in dental implants, contact our office so that we can help answer any questions you may have.