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What is a Dental Implant?

Illustration showing a dental implant.In the past, the only options you had for replacing a missing tooth was with a fixed bridge or partial denture. Technology has advanced to where dental implants have become the go-to option for replacing one or more missing teeth. Implants are often made of titanium, so they’re strong, resilient and can last for years when you are able to take care of them. They can be used for a single crown, bridge or even to keep a denture in place.

Why are Dental Implants necessary?

Implants are ideal for replacing one or more missing teeth. The implants are inserted deep into the bone and given several months for osseointegration, a process that occurs when your existing bone fuses with the post of the implant. Implants are often utilized to replace one missing tooth at a time, but they can be helpful in keeping a denture in place as well as secure a fixed bridge. Dr. Bhandaru will have a consultation with you before the procedure to see if you could benefit from an implant.

What makes you a candidate for Dental Implants?

In order for implants to be successful, the restoration relies on healthy surrounding bone to fuse and bond with the post. If you have bone loss, we may suggest a bone graft prior to the implants being placed. Certain medical conditions may prevent you from having the procedure, like if you have an ailment that keeps your body from healing quickly and easily on its own. An exam and thorough review of your health history will determine if implants are right for you.

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What can you expect during the procedure for a Dental Implant?

During the consultation, Dr. B will discuss any sedative options available to you. The procedure begins by administering this sedation. A slight incision is made through the gums and the implant body is then placed in the bone. The gums will then be sutured and you’ll be provided with aftercare instructions important for your recovery. Over the course of several months, the implant’s post will fully fuse with the surrounding bone and you’ll come back in for a crown, bridge or denture to be made for that area.

If you would like to learn more about implants, call us today and we can schedule an appointment for you to come in for a consultation.


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