What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are posts that are placed in your jaw to secure replacement teeth. Made of titanium, dental implants can hold a single tooth or secure an entire arch of replacement teeth. Implants are frequently used to support single crowns, dental bridges, and dentures.
When you have missing teeth, the bone may begin to recede. Implants are a great way to help prevent bone loss because they stimulate your jawbone like your tooth roots did.
Dental implants do require surgery, which means this may not be an option for every patient. River Dental will carefully evaluate your health to determine if this is a good treatment for you.
We are also happy to answer any questions you may have to help you make a decision.
Dental Implants Benefits
There are some great reasons to choose dental implants to help replace your teeth.
Long-Lasting | Tooth replacements can last you 10 years, with proper care and oral hygiene. When it’s time to replace your false teeth, the implant is already in place to take the new teeth.
Keep Your Jawbone Healthy | Losing a tooth can lead to bone loss, which affects the jawbone. An implant can help stimulate bone growth, strengthening your jaw.
Improve Your Appearance | No one likes how they look with missing teeth. Using an implant to replace that missing tooth can improve your smile and overall appearance.
Easier Eating | Unsecured false teeth can slip, come loose, and cause all kinds of uncomfortable, embarrassing eating accidents. Your teeth stay in place when secured with implants. Eating can be fun again!
Improved Self-Esteem | Restoring your bite can make it easier to smile. An easier, more confident smile can lead to higher self-esteem.
These benefits make dental implants a worthwhile option for replacing your teeth, whether you need to replace a single tooth or several.
I’m Interested. What Happens Now?
The first step is knowing if dental implants are right for you. To determine if you’re eligible for implants, we will examine your mouth and give you a diagnosis. If implants are an option for you, we will develop your treatment plan, which will help us decide how many implants are needed, where to place them, and the best method to use.
Next titanium posts are placed, usually into the socket of the missing tooth. This procedure is called an endosteal implant. Sometimes there has been a lot of bone loss, and the jawbone is too shallow. In this case, the implants can be placed under the gum line, which is known as a subperiosteal implant.
After placement, your jawbone will grow around the implant, securing it in place. It can take anywhere from six to twelve weeks for complete healing.
Once your jawbone has healed, we can attach the replacement teeth to the post. With your new teeth in place, it will be up to you to keep with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
Appointments are Available!
At River Dental, we know that any surgery can feel scary. Our experienced team is ready to make the process as simple and comfortable as possible. Trust us to help restore your confidence in your smile. Call us today!