Day: March 4, 2024

Dental ImplantsDental Implants

Dental Implants are an option for replacing missing teeth. They replace the tooth root and provide stimulation to the bone, preventing it from deteriorating (a process known as resorption). The implants are made of titanium, which is bio-compatible, meaning it will not be rejected by the body. Unlike traditional dentures, which rely on the gums for support, the implants are fixed in the jaw and won’t shift or slip, so you can eat, drink, and speak with confidence.

Are Dental Implants Right for You? Factors to Consider

Most people who are missing one or more teeth are candidates for dental implants. Your oral surgeon will review your medical and dental histories and may take X-rays or 3D images of your mouth and jaw. These will be used to plan your treatment. A model of your bite may also be made to help the dentist place and restore the artificial tooth. The model is also useful for evaluating the density of your jawbone, which will influence how many implants you need.

Your dentist will discuss the type of anesthesia you’ll receive for the surgery, which can include nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, or general anesthesia. If you’re receiving sedation, arrange to have someone drive you home afterwards. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions for eating, drinking, and brushing and flossing your teeth and implants. If you do, your implants and natural teeth should last a lifetime.