A dental implant is a type of restoration that is surgically placed to replace a missing tooth.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a type of restoration that is surgically placed to replace a missing tooth. Alternatively, implants can be used to hold onto denture plates to keep them in place during the day. Implants are easy to place and require minimal recovery time after the procedure is complete. Once healed, your new implant is permanent and provides a lifelong alternative to bridges and partials.
Why are Dental Implants needed?
Most often, patients need or even want a dental implant because they’re missing a tooth. The implant is placed into the area where the tooth is missing. A dental crown is then placed on top of the implant once the post has been allowed to heal and fuse naturally with the bone underneath. You may want implants if you wear dentures and are looking for a way to keep them in place without needing gels, adhesives or creams.
Who is a good candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants require oral surgery in order to successfully place the post. You need to be healthy enough to undergo surgery and have the ability to heal properly once the procedure is finished. You will come in for an exam and consultation with Dr. Melissa Schuldt prior to having implants placed. However, the vast majority of our patients who want implants can easily have the procedure done with no ill effects.
What can you expect during Dental Implant surgery?
You will receive either local or general sedation depending on your needs and the amount of implants being placed. From there, Dr. Melissa Schuldt will carefully insert the implant post deep into the bone. The gums are sutured and you’ll be given important aftercare instructions on caring for and maintaining your new implant. The implant will fuse with the bone in about six months, but it’s important to come in for routine appointments during this time. Once healed, your brand new implant will last for a lifetime without needing repairs or replacement.
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, call our office today and our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you.