Will Dental Implants Work for Me?
Dental implants are the most state-of-the-art way to replace missing teeth available today. Whether you are missing a single tooth or more, they can recreate your natural teeth perfectly from root to crown. To determine if they are right for you, Dr. Jerry Bock will perform a thorough exam where he’ll look at your medical history, dental health, as well as the height and thickness of your jawbone. Why does this matter, you might ask? Read on to find out!
What Happens During Dental Implant Placement?
A dental implant is actually a small titanium post that is placed directly into the jawbone in order to recreate the root structure of a lost tooth. This not only gives the replacement teeth unrivaled stability, but it also supports the jawbone and helps it maintain its shape and strength. Basically, it does things no other treatment can.
In order to get dental implants, you will need to undergo a minor surgical procedure in which a small incision will be made in your gums, and then the implant(s) will be positioned within your jawbone. Typically, a patient only needs local anesthesia for this to be virtually painless. Afterward, you’ll be given 3-6 months to heal, during which time the implants will actually bond to the surrounding bone just like your natural teeth. Once you are fully healed, you’ll return to Cityview Dental Arts to receive your replacement teeth.
What Are Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges?
Implant-retained crowns and bridges are the kinds of dental prosthetics used to replace the visible portion of your tooth/teeth after you have gotten dental implants. When replacing a single tooth, an all-porcelain dental crown will be fitted on top of a metal abutment, which is a strong support that attaches directly to an implant post.
If you are missing a few teeth in a row, however, two implant-retained crowns will be placed on either side of the gap in your smile, and these will be bonded to prosthetic teeth that fill in the space, forming an implant-retained bridge.
Dental implants have a 95% success rate and have been shown to last for 30 years or more. If you’re looking to replace your missing teeth permanently, they are the best possible solution. To see if they’re right for your smile, please contact us today for an appointment.