Dental implants are great for replacing the roots of missing teeth and help to keep replacement teeth in place.
The procedure of placing an implant involves the dentist or oral surgeon inserting a small metal rod into the jaw. Over time, the rod fuses with the bone. Once it becomes solid enough, it can then support one or many replacement teeth. Since implants fuse with the bone, they can be treated much like a natural tooth. Implants require maintenance and proper oral hygiene care just as regular teeth do. Once you have your implant placed, your dentist and dental hygienist can guide you on how to properly care for your implant.
It is important to consider that dental implants are not for everyone. Candidates for dental implants should:
- • Be in excellent overall health
• Have healthy gums
• Have enough strong jaw bone in order to allow the implant to properly be supported.
That being said, when the jaw bone no longer supports any teeth, it begins to thin out. Which results in reduced bone mass over a prolonged period of time. Since implants fuse to the bone, loss of bone mass becomes less probable. However, if the jaw bone is already thinned, Dr. Amassian may recommend a bone graft to help provide better support for your future implant.
From start to finish, placing implants take several appointments. If at all you have any questions regarding implants, do not hesitate to ask our knowledgeable staff, who can surely help answer any questions that you may have.