What is a dental implant?
Dental implant technology has improved drastically over the last decade; they have become the treatment of choice when it comes to tooth replacement. After you lose a tooth, your jawbone tends to shrink a bit, however with a dental implant mimicking a natural tooth the amount of bone loss is reduced. They look and feel extremely natural and provide needed support for your jaw during function. Dental implants have a success rate of over 95%, which is far more predictable than many other tooth replacement options.
A dental implant is a titanium rod that is placed into your jawbone. Once it integrates into the bone we can attach a tooth to the top of the implant. Dental implants can be used in different ways; they can replace one tooth, multiple teeth, support a bridge or a denture.
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Dental implants have many important advantages compared to a bridge or leaving a space without a tooth. When you get a bridge you have to crown both teeth adjacent to the space, which then becomes one unit. This means that you cannot floss between the teeth in that area, and food can pack into that area more easily. Also it means putting crowns on those adjacent teeth, which may not be the most conservative treatment approach.
Furthermore, if you leave the space without replacing it your bone is susceptible to resorption. The teeth around it begin to shift, and as this happens your bite can change. As the teeth drift it can also make it difficult to clean your teeth in that area.
It is our opinion that dental implants are the most successful long-term investment in replacing tooth loss, and they give a natural appearance to your smile.
How do I get my dental implant?
In order to get your dental implant you first need to have an implant consultation. During this consultation Dr. Homonnay will evaluate the bone height and width and determine whether a bone graft is needed. We will discuss the different options of immediate placement or the two-stage approach.
The process of getting a dental implant can last up to one year. The implant needs several months to completely integrate and fuse to the bone before your final custom tooth can be placed on it. Most implant placement can be done under simple local anesthesia and actually is a relatively minor procedure. For more questions on our mini implants and root form implants call 615-377-6306.