Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
When you are referred to our office for endodontic treatment, we are focused on relieving symptoms and saving teeth. There are circumstances when a tooth can’t be saved and removal is necessary. When a decision must be made about the prognosis of the tooth, your endodontist is in a unique position to evaluate whether endodontic therapy or implant placement will provide long-term success.
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, and your general dentist would like us to provide that therapy, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During that consultation visit, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by your doctor. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, teeth that can’t be saved with root canal therapy will be removed and the sockets grafted to maximize bone repair. After three months, an implant can be placed and allowed to heal securely in the bone for three additional months. Afterwards, a top (abutment) can be placed allowing your general dentist to proceed with crown restoration of your new implant. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
For more information on dental implants and care for your teeth following a dental implant, please follow this link to the Academy of Osseointegration.