Dental implants are often the preferred 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. Most important is that if a tooth is lost, it can be restored without involving the adjacent teeth that otherwise would be required for a fixed "bridge".
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by an Oral Surgeon or a Periodontist - a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The implant would then be restored with a crown by Dr. Rube. The restorations attached to implants are very 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.
X-rays and digital scans or impressions 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 and allowed to heal and integrate itself into the area where the tooth was removed for up to three months. In many situations an implant can be placed (and even restored with a crown) at the same visit as the extraction. The scanning technology available to Dr. Rube in his office plays an important role in the planning and treatment of these cases.
You will receive 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.