What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial roots that anchor false teeth into place. These roots are implanted into your jawbone, much like how your natural teeth are attached. When you get false teeth, you want them to stay in place and be stable. Dental implants allow for stable false teeth with little to no chance of them falling out.
At Aesthetic Dental Centers, we work with endosteal implants. Endosteal implants consist of a post that is placed into your jawbone. Your artificial tooth is attached to the post and possibly anchored by the surrounding teeth via a crown.
How are Dental Implants Placed?
Getting a dental implant involves several steps. It’s a surgical procedure, so you’ll need to reserve significant time for healing between the steps and after the process is complete. The steps, performed in-office at Aesthetic Dental Centers, are:
- Implant placement
- Post-placement into the implant
- Crown or artificial tooth placement
Between each step, you’ll need to allow three to six months for healing. Each person heals differently, so your dentist will determine how long you’ll need between procedures. For the best results, follow your provider’s care instructions closely between appointments.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. Since they require surgery, some people are not fit to handle such a complicated and invasive process. However, you may be a good candidate for implants if:
- Your jaw is fully developed
- Your gums are in good health
- You have strong bones
- You’re willing to commit to the process
- You practice good oral hygiene
- You don’t smoke or drink excessively
During an initial consultation, your dentist at Aesthetic Dental Centers determines whether dental implants are a good option for you. If they’re not, your dentist will help you explore other, less invasive options for tooth replacement.
If you want your false teeth to stay in place, dental implants are the most reliable option. To find out if dental implants are right for you, call or schedule an appointment online at Aesthetic Dental Centers today.