Dental Implant Treatment
Before development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth.
What are Dental Implants?
Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures.
Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant, however. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene.
Implants are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are usually made of a synthetic yet biocompatible material like metal or ceramic.
Dental Implant Procedure:
Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for an implant and place the implant in the mouth. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. In some cases, metal posts are inserted into the implant during a follow-up procedure to connect the tooth.
Because implants require surgery, patients are administered anesthesia and, if necessary, antibiotics to stave off infection following the procedure.
Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time.
Life with Dental Implants
Dental implants last for a lifetime, says the Academy of Osseointegration. They do not decay or shift position. The only real threat to their survival is peri-implantitis, a inflammatory and infectious process much like advanced gum disease. Peri-implantitis comes from:
- smoking or chewing tobacco
- poor oral or overall health (uncontrolled diabetes, for example)
- negligent dental hygiene
With good in-home brushing and flossing and regular preventive visits to Western Slope Dental Center, these restorations function well and look great for decades.
Learn More about Dental Implants
Call (970) 241-3483 to speak to an office staff member at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO. Arrange a dental implant consultation to complete your new smile.
For Dental Implants in the Grand Junction, CO area call Western Slope Dental Center at 970-241-3483 today!