For the right candidate, implants offer a more functional and secure method for tooth replacement and/or denture support. With dental implants, you’ll feel like you have the real thing again.
The procedure for placing a dental implant happens in three stages. First, the implant device is inserted into the upper or lower jawbone. This procedure is surgical, and is usually performed with local anesthesia or a combination of other types of sedation. After a healing period from two to six months, posts are attached to each implant. (During this time you won’t be “toothless” – we’ll have temporary replacements for you.) Finally, new teeth are made to the unique specification of your face and mouth, and secured to the implanted posts with precision attachments. Only the “tooth part” will be visible.
What makes a successful implant? In our system, it’s Osseo integration – the meshing of implant and bone. A chemical and mechanical bond is formed, allowing the jawbone to actually grow into the implant. To be considered for an implant, you will need to start with an overall healthy mouth and demonstrate excellent oral hygiene to ensure proper maintenance of the implant.
One of the many benefits of implants – aside from a more comfortable, natural-looking smile – is that they will not shift or slip in your mouth. Whether you have individual teeth, dentures or bridges mounted on your implants, you can be confident when speaking or eating, knowing that your dental work is stable and secure.
Dental implants can be costly, due to the extensive dental work and time required, but they are often the next best thing to your natural teeth. Patients should consider the investment and benefits, then decide if permanent implants are the answer for a healthy, attractive smile.
Call us today at (501) 455-6100 for more information about dental implants and how they can improve the function of your teeth and give you a beautiful smile or click here to request an appointment!