An alternative to conventional bridges and dentures
Implants are an alternative to conventional bridges and dentures to replace one or more missing teeth.
They are more like natural teeth because they stand alone and do not require preparing or attaching to the adjacent teeth for support.
In addition they help maintain the bone mass that usually shrinks after teeth are removed.
Implants can therefore provide strength for adjacent teeth as well as preventing a sunken in facial appearance.
An implant consists of a biocompatible titanium screw and a crown, bridge or denture on top.
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
First, a consultation with a Periodontist (gum specialist) is arranged to ensure an implant is an appropriate choice to fill a space.
X-rays and a 3-D scan are necessary to make a thorough assessment of the supporting bone, soft tissue and surrounding teeth in the area.
Once the area is deemed appropriate, the periodontist will schedule another appointment to surgically place one or more implants in the jawbone.
Healing usually takes about 3 months and the patient may choose to wear a temporary prosthesis to fill the space.
Once the implant has completely integrated with bone, you return to your dentist where impressions will be taken to fabricate the crown, bridge or denture to restore the implant. Dental implants are very strong, stable, durable and will last many years!