What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a way to replace just one or multiple missing teeth using a permanent and high-quality restoration. Implants can last for 20 to 30 years, with some patients having implants that laser longer than just two decades. Implants are incredibly beneficial because they don’t require other teeth to be compromised just to replace one or two at a time. The implants themselves are made out of surgical-grade titanium, so they’re safely used within the human body. You can use implants to replace one missing tooth at a time, keep a bridge in place and even keep a denture securely in the mouth.
Who’s a good candidate for Dental Implants?
In order for implants to heal correctly, you need to have healthy and solid bone structure. The implant post will naturally fuse with this bone in about three to six months after the procedure has been done. For this reason, you may need a bone grafting prior to the implant procedure if you suffer from bone loss. You should ideally be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery and have the ability to heal after the procedure is finished. Most patients who want implants and who are interested in the procedure are good candidates to have the work done.
Who’s a good candidate for Bone Grafting?
To determine if you’ll need a bone grafting done, you’ll come into our office for a consultation and exam. We will take x-rays and other special images to determine if bone loss is present and to what extent it currently is. Bone loss is incredibly common, so it’s an issue that you need not worry about. Bone grafting is safe and effective, and it can create a more structured surface for other procedures.