What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots permanently implanted in the jawbone to provide secure support for everything from a single replacement tooth to implant-supported partial or full dentures.

Each dental implant starts with a titanium post implanted into the jawbone. This forms the stable base for the new crown (restoration) that will be applied after the placement site heals, usually three to six months after surgery. For some people, this is a far better and longer-lasting alternative to crowns, bridges, or dentures. With proper care, dental implants will last for decades and never need the drilling or root canals often needed for natural teeth..

Am I a good candidate for an implant prodecure?

Dental implants are effective, durable and last for a very long time, which makes them a sought after solution for replacing missing teeth or tooth restoration.However, there are some of the factors that we take into consideration:

As Dental implants will come in direct contact with your gums and jawbone, it is imperative that you have good oral hygiene and are free of gum disease. Bone density is needed because the jaw needs to adequately support the implant.

A Good oral health is required for anyone being treated for a dental implant. We will make sure that you are capable and willing to maintain good dental hygiene during your recovery time and after the implants are applied. Patients also must not suffer from any disease or disorder that will prevent the body from healing. 

When bone grafting is required?

Bone grafting is a technique that is required when a patient does not have a sufficient amount of healthy natural bones in the mouth that are capable of supporting the dental implants. In an area where teeth have been lost, bone naturally shrinks or resorbs ovet time, both in height and width. As a result, new bone must be grafted to create a secure site for placing implants and to achieve aesthestic results.

Bone grafting can also be used to save the teeth that have ecperienced bone loss as a result of Gum disease.

Bone loss can be caused by:

  • The loss of a thooth
  • Gum disease
  • Routine and medical care and travel medicine.
  • Localized infection
  • Trauma

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