Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth. They and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
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 Periodontist - a specialist of the gums and supporting bone.
The Implant Crowns (teeth attached to implants) are placed by a dentist and are very natural looking.
Dental implants are strong and durable and will last many years. On occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons for dental implants:
What does getting dental implants involve?
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 it more secure and comfortable.
The process of getting implants requires a series of appointments over several months.
Dr. Tannich will refer you to a surgeon to have an Implant consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment. Should you elect to move forward with dental Implants, your surgeon will refer you back to our office for your Implant crown once he completes the surgical portion of your treatment.
X-rays and impressions (molds) 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 into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With some implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing you will be referred back to Dr. Tannich for the Implant crown impressions. Implant crown is made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. After a healing period, the Implant crown are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene and eating habits, alongside regular dental visits, will aid in the life of your new implant.
If you have questions about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office.