A dental implant is a small “anchor” made of titanium that is inserted into the jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth root. After the surrounding bone has attached to the implant, a replacement tooth is secured to the top of the implant. The new tooth looks, feels, and performs just like your natural teeth.
Implants can be used in a variety of situations, whether you need to replace a single missing tooth or many teeth. They can even be used to replace a full denture. As anchor points, implants can also securely attach a partial denture or bridge.
Implants can restore the beauty and function of your smile, immediately after the procedure is complete and in the long-term. When teeth are missing, the surrounding bone begins to shrink. This unhealthy bone loss can make your jawline recede. Implants can help prevent deterioration of the jawbone caused by loss of teeth, so your face retains its natural shape.
Implants are more comfortable than dentures, because there is no slipping or movement. This eliminates some of the key worries of dentures, including poor fit, gum irritation, and pain from exposed nerves.
The dental implant process involves several steps that take place over a time period that averages from four to nine months. The typical process includes an initial procedure under anesthesia where Dr. Alina places the implant in your jaw. Over the next several months, bone will attach to the surface of the implant anchoring it into position. Next, Dr. Alina painlessly attaches a prosthetic “post” to the implant, and an artificial tooth will be created for a functional natural restoration.
Since dental implants look and feel like natural teeth, they naturally enhance your appearance. More importantly, the securely attached implant gives you the confidence of eating what you like, speaking easily and clearly, and freedom from embarrassment. And by following a regular routine of careful oral hygiene and regular checkups, your implants can last for many years.
To find out if implants could be the right solution for you, contact us today to schedule an appointment.