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Implants

If you're self-conscious about missing teeth, wearing dentures that are uncomfortable, or don't want to have good tooth structure removed for a bridge, talk to your dentist to see if dental implants are an option for you.


Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are an excellent long-term option to restore your smile. In fact, the development and use of implants is one of the greatest advances in dentistry in the last 40 years. Dental implants are made of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a strong anchor for replacement teeth.


Most patients find a dental implant to be safe, stable, and a good replacement for their own tooth.


In general, there are three phases to getting an implant:


First, the dentist surgically places the implant in the mandible or maxilla. Your dentist may recommend a diet of soft foods, cold foods, and room temperature soup during the healing process.


The bone around the implant then heals in a process called osseointegration. What makes an implant so strong is that the bone grows around it and holds it in place. Osseointegration means “combines with the bone” and it takes time.

Some patients may need to wait until the implant is fully integrated, up to several months, before replacement teeth can be placed on the implant. Other patients can have implants and replacement teeth placed in a single visit.


Finally, it is time for the placement of the artificial tooth/teeth.


For a single tooth implant, your dentist will customize a new tooth for you, called a dental crown. The crown will be based on size, shape, color and fit, and will be designed to blend in with your other teeth. If you are replacing more than one tooth, custom bridges or dentures will be made to fit your mouth and implants. (Note: Replacement teeth usually take a while to make. In the meantime, your dentist may give you a temporary crown, bridge, or denture to help you eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement is ready.)


If you are interested in dental implants, it is a good idea to discuss it carefully with your dentist first. If you are in good general health, this treatment may be an option for you. In fact, your health is a more important factor than your age. You may be medically evaluated by a doctor before any implant surgery is scheduled.


Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or leukemia, can interfere with healing after surgery. Patients with these problems may not be good candidates for implants. Tobacco use can also delay healing.


Schedule an appointment with CASADENS if you would like to discuss if implants are right for you.



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