Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone, most commonly by a Periodontist, or Oral Surgeon. Dr. Rube will then restore the visible portion of the tooth. The teeth attached to implants are completely natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons for dental implants:
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
Restore a patient’s confident smile.
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
Restore or enhance facial tissues.
Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
Impressions (molds) and x-rays are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed. While the site heals rapidly, similar to an extraction, three to four months are usually allowed for the implant to integrate and fuse within the bone. After this period the artificial teeth are fabricated and fitted to the implant. Because more then one visit may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete.
There are situations which allow for immediate placement of both the implant and restoration, which can greatly speed up the process. This possibility will be reviewed with you by Dr. Rube.
You will receive simple care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.