Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.
What Are Dental Implants?
The implants themselves are ceramic or titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These anchors serve as a substitute tooth root. By bonding with surround jawbone through a process called osseointegration the implant creates an ideal anchor to attach an artificial tooth.
Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone loss and gum deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing. When a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth have a tendency to shift and become unstable. Implants provide an anchor to preserve jaw structure.
There are several treatment approaches to implant placement. Since each individual is as much the same as we are different, implants placement must be tailored to your specific condition including location, number and type of implants, as well as medical history and desired outcome.
Most implants can be placed under general anesthesia in our office and there are two main approaches – Dr. Nkungula will explain the suitability of either approach and provide recommendations during the implant consult: