Dental implants are restorative services we offer that are artificial tooth roots in the form of a screw. They are surgically placed and adhere to your natural bone. In turn, they provide a strong base to support one or more artificial teeth.
A dental implant can be used to replace missing teeth or provide additional retention for a denture. First, a 3D x-ray is taken to verify that there is enough healthy bone present. Otherwise, additional bone may be added (i.e., bone graft). Once the bone has healed, a dental implant can be placed. The bone typically takes 4-6 months to heal around the implant. Once this is natural process is complete, a crown (tooth) can be attached to the implant to restore the tooth to its original function.
In most cases, patients with healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant are considered for a dental implant. They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people suffering from a chronic disorder (i.e., diabetes, heart disease, periodontal disease, etc), or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis.
If you are considering dental implants, visit Orchard Family Dentistry to see if they are right for you.
Once an implant is placed, it can take 4-6 months the bone in the mouth to heal around it. If there is not enough bone present, a bone graft may be needed, which could be an additional 2-4 months. Once the implant is completely healed, a crown can then be placed on the tooth. In total, it can be 6-9 months from start to finish to get a finished implant.