Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed into the jaw bone and used to support permanent dental restorations such as crowns, bridges, and dentures. They are composed of a titanium based cylinder that replaces the missing tooth root, a connector piece, and the dental restoration. Dental implants can be used to restore decayed, damaged, or missing teeth, ultimately restoring chewing and speaking functions.
Did You Know?
During the last 20 years, dental implants have become a desirable alternative to other methods of replacing missing teeth. Excellent success rates and a range of available options give dentists a variety of new ways to treat and replace lost teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Because dental implants are placed into the jaw bone, most patients with adequate bone mass are candidates for dental implants. However, this can vary depending on the patient. To determine if you are an ideal candidate for dental implants, an x-ray and CT scan will be performed to determine if you have enough bone mass and what size or type of implant will work best for you. To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rahoo Patel of Windsor Signature Smiles today!
What can I expect when having dental implants placed?
Dental implants are generally placed as a two-part procedure. During a dental implant placement procedure, Dr. Patel will place the implant screw into your jawbone. At this time the connector piece may also be attached. Then, your gums will be sutured over the implant or around the connector. The implant will then be left to heal for about 3-6 months. During this time, the bone will fuse with the implant, securing it in place. Once the implant is secure, the permanent restoration can be attached.
What can I expect after having dental implants placed?
Once your implant is placed, you will need to let it heal for about 3-6 months before having your restoration placed. During this time, you will likely be on a soft food diet, as you need to avoid moving the implant. After the implant has healed and your permanent restoration is place, you can reutrn to your usual diet and activities.
If you have any questions about dental implants and you live in or around East Windsor, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rahoo Patel of Windsor Signature Smiles today!