Correcting dental-related problems can be done easily with the use of implants. Implants have come a long way over the years and the latest technology is now being used to provide an easier and less invasive dental implant that can improve the look and feel of your smile. At Ramona Dental Group, we offer a range of dental implant options and can work with you whether you want one implant placed or are looking to have multiple done in the office.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are often made with titanium and are surgically placed underneath the gum line and into the bone. They are small titanium posts that act as artificial tooth roots, giving you full functionality as if it were your natural tooth. They are color matched to your existing teeth to be virtually unnoticeable and they are extremely durable. With the proper hygiene and care they can last for many years.
What is the procedure to get a Dental Implant?
The dental implant process is a long one resulting in a stronger, beautiful smile. Over the course of about three months, the implant process will happen. First our highly trained dentists will make an incision into the gum line to expose the bone below. Once the bone has been exposed, our dentists will then use specialized instruments to drill a small hole into that jawbone where the missing tooth is that will house the implant. A small metal post will be inserted and will later fuse naturally with the bone and act as an artificial tooth root. This will become the strong base that will eventually support a crown. Sometimes if there is not enough bone structure to hold the post bone graft will be added to the site to help aid in bone growth. Once the post has been placed and the gum have been sutured the titanium post will then fuse with the natural bone of your jaw. This could take upwards of 3 months.
Once the dental implant has fused to your natural bone an abutment, or connector is placed on top of the dental implant to hold and support your crown. The crown, that has been specifically designed for you based off impressions or renderings taken, will be added to the abutment and securely fit into place. This crown is very durable and will look and function as if it were your natural teeth.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Before having dental implants placed, an examination and x-rays will need to be done to ensure you’re a viable candidate for the procedure. Not everyone can or should have implants placed, such as patients with compromised immune systems or those who have poor bone density. Otherwise, the best candidates for dental implants include:
- Patients who are missing one or more teeth
- Patients who want to avoid more invasive bridge work
- Patients who have ill-fitting dentures or partials
- Patients who are looking for a long-lasting and durable option for a beautiful smile
- Patients who want a procedure that offers the latest technology in smile restoration
- Patients who have been examined and are viable candidates for the procedure
If you are interested in, or would like to inquire more about dental implants, contact us today and a helpful staff member will be happy to assist you further!