Dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth. An implant is an artificial tooth that consists of a small titanium screw that is fixed into the jaw and an artificial tooth that is fitted on top of that.
Several dental appointments are required for the measuring, design, and fitting of the implant. In time, the implant becomes fused with the bone of the jaw. Implants have a high long-term success rate.
Implant Dentistry Procedure
The first step will be inserting a titanium dental implant into your jawbone. This titanium implant will act as the root of your new tooth and will later be covered by a dental implant crown. We refer to these two parts as the fixture (implant) and restoration (crown). The fixture will ensure stability and the restoration will ensure a desirable cosmetic appearance.
Once the implant is placed into your jawbone, you need to let it heal and bond with the bone; a process known as Osseo-integration. It can take up to 6 months for full Osseo-integration and once healed, your implant acts a structural base for your crown; the same as the root of a natural, healthy tooth.
You may experience slight discomfort immediately after your implant surgery including swelling, bruising, pain, and minor bleeding around the site of the implant. These symptoms can be easily treated with general medications and antibiotics as prescribed by your oral surgeon.
Ideal Candidates for Dental Implants
Who’s a good candidate for implant treatment? You are, if you’re in good health and have healthy gums and adequate bone to support an implant. You must be committed to thorough oral hygiene to keep your mouth healthy, and to scheduling regular dental visits.
The Dental Implant Advantage
- Excellent aesthetics and natural look
- Withstands greater bite pressures than dentures
- More comfortable than dentures
- Doesn’t require support from the adjacent teeth, unlike tooth bridges
- Prevents bone loss
- Prevents gum recession in the jaw
- Promotes proper facial structure, making you look younger than without implants
Top-rate Implant Dentistry at Thornton Dental
Dental implants are the most advanced treatment for missing teeth and tooth loss. They can significantly restore your smile and facial profile. At Thornton Dental, our expert doctors will assess your implant needs. Our team is extensively trained and experienced in significant procedures such as implant dentistry. With us, you are in good hands!