Dental Implants & Implant Restoration
What Are Dental Implants & Implant Restoration?
Dental implants are metal posts that are inserted underneath the gums, into the jawbone, that hold a replacement tooth or crown. The permanence and strength of a dental implant will ensure that the replacement tooth won’t slip or move.
Dental implant restoration refers to restoring the smile through the placement of dental implants and replacement teeth or crowns.
Dental implants and dental implant restoration use materials that blend in well with surrounding teeth, and are made of substances like titanium, which are totally compatible with the human body. There are two types of implants a dentist might use:
- Endosteal Implants, or implants that are surgically inserted into the jawbone.
- Subperiosteal Implants, or metal frames that fit below against the jawbone underneath the gum line.
When used as a part of dental implant restoration, both of these types of dental implants act as a foundation for either permanent or removable replacement teeth, and help promote dental jawbone health.
Why Do I Need Dental Implants or Implant Restoration?
People lose teeth for a variety of reasons, including gum disease, tooth decay, or injury, but for some people, tooth replacement options such as bridges and dentures aren’t ideal.
If you’ve experienced frustration, discomfort or even pain as a result of bridges and dentures, dental implants or dental implant restoration might be a better option for you, as they require no other existing tooth preparation in order to keep the replacement tooth in place.
Dental implants are the cutting edge of tooth replacement options and are an excellent, long-term replacement for missing teeth that can permanently restore your smile.
What Should I Expect at my Dental Implants or Implant Restoration Appointment?
A dental implant often requires three different phases or appointments. First, your dentist will insert the metal post into the jawbone, which is a surgical process that can result in some oral discomfort and requires time to heal.
As your newly inserted implant heals, the bone around the post experiences what’s called osseointegration, where the jawbone actually grows around the implant, strengthening it and ensuring that it holds in place. For some people this process takes weeks, for others it takes several months—your dentist will evaluate your individual progress.
Lastly, your dentist will determine which replacement tooth type and style will work best for you and place it on your implant. A replacement tooth can take some time to make, so your dentist might place a temporary replacement tooth as your mouth continues to heal, then place a permanent replacement tooth once it’s finished.
The final step may include a follow-up appointment to ensure the right fit and comfort.
How Long Do Dental Implant & Implant Restoration Last?
A dental implant can last up to or more than 30 years, however, the crown or replacement tooth placed on top of it may need to be replaced after 10 to 15 years. Good dental hygiene habits will help ensure the longevity of your implant and replacement tooth. Your Huntley Dental Associates team can help ensure that you develop and continue healthy hygiene habits.
How Much Do Dental Implants & Implant Restorations Cost?
Dental implants and implant restoration are investments in your oral health. Using state-of-the-art techniques and technologies, including computerized operatories, digital radiography, and flat-screen monitors, Huntley Dental Associates provides superior oral treatment in a comfortable environment.
Please contact Huntley Dental Associates to discuss insurance options and pricing details, or with any additional questions about dental implants and implant restoration.