Adults can loose teeth for a number of reasons: trauma, tooth grinding, poor nutrition, gum disease, and serious illness, such as diabetes or autoimmune disease. Missing teeth can impair the ability to chew and digest food properly and has serious emotional and psychological consequences for one’s self esteem and quality of life.
Dental implants replace missing tooth roots, help preserve the bone and facial structure, and provide the strength and stability that is required to chew virtually any food without struggling. A dental implant procedure is considered the best solution for people missing one tooth or an entire mouthful of teeth. Dental implants can last much longer than any other dental restorative work, even a lifetime, if properly taken care of.
A dental implant is a titanium pin–an artificial tooth root implanted into the jawbone through a painless and simple procedure. Implants are customized based on your particular oral situation. They are strong, fully functional, and prevent further tooth decay. Strategically placed in the jawbone where the teeth are missing, they osseointegrate, or fuse with it to form a strong and long-lasting foundation for your replacement teeth. Dental implants can enhance your natural smile and help preserve your facial structure from bone deterioration.
Dental implants offer the health and aesthetic benefits of permanent, naturally functioning tooth replacements. Whether you are missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or all of your teeth, CV Dental Care offers a reliable tooth replacement option.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If getting dental implants is your preferred choice for restoring your natural smile, at CV Dental Care, as part of your evaluation, we ask that you undergo a comprehensive medical history, dental and radiographic examination. We do this to make sure we have a full understanding of your overall medical and dental health, and to determine what is required to make dental implants a success for you. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either one of our highly skilled doctors or by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon referred by our practice.
Dental Implant Procedure
The placement of dental implants usually requires two surgical procedures. First, the dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone. For two to six months following the surgery, the implants are below the surface of the gums and gradually integrating with the jawbone. A temporary prosthesis (dentures) may be recommended so you can eat soft foods.
After the implants have bonded to the bone, your surgeon will remove the gum tissue over the implants and place a small healing collar. After the gum tissue has healed for two weeks, your dentist is ready to start making your new teeth. A post or abutment will be attached to the implant for the replacement tooth to sit on. The dentist will take an impression to have the replacement tooth fabricated. The entire procedure for the implant placement to the final replacement tooth can take up to six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.