What You Need to Know About Dental Implants

Do you need to replace missing teeth but don’t like the idea of something removable? There’s a more permanent solution.  Dental implants are a way to restore your smile in a more natural way. Designed to last a lifetime, dental implants offer a way to have artificial “teeth” placed into your jaw so they look, feel and work like real teeth.

Step #1:  The Consultation

Before your dental expert can begin the process of placing implants, a patient must first be evaluated. That entails taking 3D X-rays to determine if there is proper bone architecture for the procedure. A thorough health history will be performed as well.

Step #2: The Implant

Once it has been determined that the patient does have enough bone to ensure success, the first step of the implant can begin. This entails placing the implant into the bone. Depending on the scenario, a temporary implant crown may be fabricated the same day. It takes anywhere from 3-6 months for the implant to integrate into the bone.

Step #3: The Post

Once the doctor determines that this integration has taken place, the permanent tooth can be made. Impressions are then taken of the implant so that a custom made crown can be made for the dental implant.

Step #4: Your New Crown

Finally it is time to get your new tooth! Once your new crown is available, it is placed on top of the implant. This leaves you with a permanent crowned tooth. Although crowns may need to be replaced from gradual wear and tear in about 10-15 years, the actual implant is expected to last for a lifetime.

Is an Implant for You?

Not everyone is comfortable wearing dentures, and sometimes bridges are out of the question because the surrounding teeth are not strong enough to support them. If you have lost any teeth to an accident or disease and a more traditional replacement option isn’t what you seek, than dental implants may offer you the chance to have “real” teeth once again.  Besides, many patients report that they are much more comfortable since they do not rub against the gums or cheek like dentures can.

If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, be sure to talk with your dentist at Great Lakes Dental.