Dental implants are a very reliable source for effective tooth replacement. Whether you have lost one tooth or many, implants can provide a permanent solution that looks and functions normally.
Dental implants are used to replace a lost tooth. They are the best practice application that mimics a natural tooth structure, which is why they are so effective and widely used today.
Dental implants are placed in the same bone that once supported teeth and produces a life-like result that may leave you completely unaware that they are not natural teeth. Many patients find the procedure of implant placement easier than anticipated.
Dr. Willie Hammontree is our dental implant specialist. He is continuously participating in continuing education opportunities so he can offer you the best care, and dental implants, possible. Learn more about him using the link below.
What types of dental implants exist?
Two of the most commonly used dental implants are endosteal implants and all-on-4 implants. Endosteal implants are the most common dental implant option. They are comprised of a titanium metal rod that is installed into the jawbone and a supporting post that is specifically designed to secure either a dental crown or a dental bridge. All-on-4 implants are a revolutionary dental implant system in which an entire top or bottom denture is supported on just four implants. Each implant is strategically placed so that the replacement teeth remain steady and secure. The advantage of using four implants is that it helps promote faster patient recovery and reduces the likelihood of complications from possible implant failure.
Did you know dental implants can be used to support dentures?
It can be very difficult to eat and function with dentures, but with dental implants, you could have the confident smile you’ve always wanted. This procedure takes a great deal of planning, but can produce truly life changing results. Your dentist often completes this procedure in collaboration with a surgeon.
What is the procedure for dental implants? Are dental implants safe?
The first step is having the dentist consult and visually examine the site in the mouth where the dental implant is being considered. Then the oral surgeon needs to consider if there are any current teeth that need to be extracted and which type of bone graft needs to be conducted. These procedures will take place first and the patient will be allowed a few months to heal to ensure an adequate and strong bone is present at the site of the implant.
Once this is determined, the dental implant is placed into the bone and a healing cap is placed over the implant so the healing phase can begin. This is followed by regular check-ups to ensure proper healing and that there is no infection around the place of surgery.
Implants can’t withstand normal bite forces until the bone has attached firmly to the delicate surface. Dr. Hammontree will help you decide what will work best during the initial healing period, and ensure you’re still able to function while protecting your implants. This period usually lasts from 3-6 months as implants integrate into your jaw. Most patients experience minimal discomfort after placement, especially compared to tooth removal procedures.
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