Dental implants are artificial devices inserted into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. They are often used as an alternative to fixed bridges or removable dentures.
A dental implant is a titanium substitute for the tooth root that is missing. During a surgical procedure, the metal implant, which looks like a screw or a cylinder, is placed directly into the upper or lower jawbone. Over the course of several months, the implant integrates into the surrounding bone, making it stable enough to support a crown. During this healing process, a temporary tooth replacement option can be worn over the implant sites. Once the implant has integrated into the bone, an impression is taken to create a permanent crown that sits on top of the implant.
Dental implants function like natural teeth, so they require the same dental hygiene care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, you will need to brush and floss regularly. You will need to come in for periodic follow-up visits so we can monitor your implant, teeth, and gums to make sure they are healthy.
Ideally, candidates for dental implants will be in good general and oral health. Since the implant is inserted directly into the jaw, candidates for the procedure must have adequate bone density in the jaw to support the implant. Dental implants are connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth, so candidates should also have healthy gums that are free of periodontal disease.
At Evercare Dental Group your dentist will assess if you are good candidate for a dental implant and if you decide to proceed, you will be referred to a highly trained specialist for the placement of the implant.