Are you tired of suffering the discomfort and embarrassment of missing teeth? Does your loose denture make chewing difficult? Do people have trouble understanding you when you speak? Dental implants are long-lasting anchors that support natural-looking replacement teeth. A single implant post supports an individual crown, while a few posts provide unsurpassed stability to a bridge or denture.
How do dental implants work?
Implant posts are made of surgical-grade titanium. An oral surgeon or other specialist surgically inserts them into your jawbone. During the healing phase, a process called osseointegration occurs in which jawbone tissue integrates the post as if it were a natural tooth root. Dr. Vu and Dr. Madej design and attach custom replacement teeth made specifically to anchor onto implant posts.
Who makes a good candidate for dental implants?
Ideal candidates possess good oral and overall health. Chronic conditions such as diabetes may slow healing but typically aren’t a deterrent if controlled with medication. Smoking may negatively impact implant success, so you may be advised to stop prior to your surgery. Jawbone quality is perhaps the most important factor in implant success.
Will I need a bone graft?
If you have insufficient jawbone mass, Dr. Vu or Dr. Madej may suggest a bone graft. They perform the grafting process in our Hinton office. Donor or synthetic bone is used to shore up bone structure and create a welcoming environment for implant posts to fully integrate with jawbone.
Anything else I should know?
Dental implants stop the loss of jawbone that occurs when natural teeth are missing and ensure that existing teeth stay in position for proper bite alignment. Ask your dentist today if you are a good canidate to receive implants.