Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a Dr. Moseley or our implant surgeon depending upon the complexity of your case.. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and will act to enhance and restore your smile.
Dental implants are strong and durable and will last many years, good home care is essential if your dental implants are to last as long as possible. Keeping your maintenance schedule with our office will be critical to keeping your dental implants healthy.
Reasons for dental implants:
What does getting dental implants involve?
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
Restore a patient’s confident smile.
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
Restore or enhance facial tissues.
Support a bridge or denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months. The first step is to have a CBCT (cone beam) scan performed, this specialized x-ray will allow Dr. Moseley to view the bone available so as to order the correct implant for your custom fitted area.
Impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine spacing available for your implant. After the area is numbed, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate for four to six months. Depending on the type of implant and the site involved, a second surgery may be required to place the “post” abutment that will hold the implant crown in place.
After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene and eating habits, alongside regular dental visits, will aid in the life of your new implant.
If you have questions about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office.