Dental Implants

So you need Dental Implants?

Dental implant technology has come a long way over the past few years. The procedure involves placing a titanium post into the jaw bone, where it will undergo osseointegration of the actual bone. The implant is used to place a dental crown or even a denture plate on top. Implants are permanent restorations, so you’ll never need to worry about replacing or repairing them.

Why would you be told you need an Implant?

Most often, an implant is recommended to patients who are completely missing a tooth. More than one implant can be placed, and the goal of the implant is to provide the patient with a full, beautiful smile. Implants can be used for denture wearers, since they help to keep the plates in the mouth. This prevents the likelihood that the denture will fall out or slip.

What are the benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implants are permanent, which is unlike most other dental restorations that would take its place. Bridge work is ideal for replacing a tooth, but it isn’t permanent and requires the two surrounding teeth to be completely filed down. The implant is made out of surgical-safe titanium, which has been proven effective in terms of osseointegration. The procedure is done quickly and conveniently in-office.

What should you expect during Dental Implant surgery?

The surgery involves either local or full sedation, depending on what you want and the number of implants that are to be placed. Dr. Chien will make a small incision into the gums and drill into the bone to place the actual implant. The incision will be stitched up using sutures and you’ll be given aftercare instructions. The implant will typically undergo osseointegration in about five months, but it can take longer for some patients. In rare cases, a bone grafting may be required prior to having implants placed if there isn’t enough healthy bone in the jaw.

If you would like to know more about dental implants and how they’re placed, call our office and we will work to answer any questions you currently have.