Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and are an alternative to removable partial or complete dentures. Dental implants are made from titanium posts and porcelain teeth and are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone. The implanted teeth are very natural looking and enhance or restore a patient’s smile.
Reasons for dental implants:
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
Restore and enhance a patient’s smile.
Restore speech and improve chewing capabilities, which assists in digestion.
Restore or enhance facial tissues.
Support a bridge or denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants may require a number of visits over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate with the bone for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second appointment may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants, the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing, the porcelain teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the porcelain teeth are securely attached to the implant.
Dental implants are strong and durable and will last many years. On occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear. Good oral hygiene and eating habits will aid in the life of the implant.
If you have questions about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office at 517-393-8500.
Day Family Dental
Dr. Nathan Day, DMD • Dentist • Lansing, MI