Dental implants are an increasingly popular way to replace missing or damaged teeth or helping a denture to stay in.
Their great advantage is that they look natural and feel secure, helping you to restore your smile, give you more confidence and eat more easily.
Implants are an ideal solution for many people but they are not an option for everyone
Placing implants requires some surgery, so patients must be in good overall health. Patients must have healthy gums and adequate bone to make sure the implant is successful.
The process for placing implants is really rather easy and in most cases goes as follows:
- An evaluation by the dentist or oral surgeon placing the implant will determine if you are healthy enough, have enough space and have adequate bone.
- If you don’t have adequate bone you may need a bone graft.
- Surgery is performed to place the anchor. This may take several hours. Following the surgery you may need to wait up to 6 months for the bone to grow around the anchor and firmly hold it in place.
- Sometimes follow-up surgery is required to uncover the anchor if gum tissue has grown over it
Once things have healed, the abutment is placed on the anchor and an impression will be taken to allow the lab to construct the crown or cap that will fit on the abutment and anchor. It is usually placed 2-3 weeks after the impression is taken.
Implant surgery can be done either in a dental office or a hospital, depending on a number of factors. A local or general anesthetic may be used. Usually pain medications and when necessary antibiotics are prescribed.
Once the implant and crown are placed your dental health team will give you tips and advices on maintaining your oral hygiene.
Your dental health team can help you decide whether you would be a good candidate for implants.