As we age, our oral health can become more fragile, and we may experience the loss of one or more teeth. Fortunately, dental implants provide a way for patients to restore their smile with a durable, permanent solution.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants consist of a titanium screw that is surgically placed into a healthy jaw bone. After the placement of a dental implant, a healing process of a few weeks must occur where the implant fuses (or osseointegrates) with the existing jaw bone tissue. This makes the implant more stable. There are a variety of dental implant procedures a patient can receive, including:
Single tooth replacement uses a single dental implant to replace one missing tooth.
Multiple teeth replacement involves dental implants that are placed into the jaw bone for the purpose of serving as anchors for an artificial dental bridge. The bridge attaches to the implants and fills in the missing gap between teeth.
Full arch replacement uses between four and six dental implants to support a full denture arch.
How are Dental Implants Better?
Dental implants take away any discomfort associated with eating and speaking. Since the prosthetics are fixed into place, patients no longer have to be concerned about dentures slipping around or the embarrassment of a tooth falling out. Dental implants also do not involve the preparation of existing teeth. Dental implants do not affect adjacent teeth and still create a seamless smile.
Click here for more information on dental implants from the American Dental Association.
What to Expect During Your First Visit
During your initial consultation with Dr. Soltanian, we determine whether you are qualified for dental implant surgery. The jaw bone must have enough density to support implants, and by taking x-rays and assessing your medical history, we can decide whether you are a good candidate.