DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY

What are dental implants?

The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts, which are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

Reasons for dental implants

  • To replace one or more teeth;
  • To provide support for a partial denture;
  • To increase the support and stability of full upper or lower denture;
  • To enhance chewing comfort;
  • To increase confidence while smiling, talking and eating;
  • To improve your overall psychological health; and
  • To improve esthetic appearance and regain over all confidence.

What are the most common benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants are also very strong and provide a feel as close to a natural tooth as can be currently achieved. Further to this, implants reduce the impact of the lost tooth on surrounding teeth, as traditional bridge structures often require reduction (filing down) of the two adjacent teeth to hold the bridge in place with crowns. Implanting avoids such alterations to the surrounding teeth when replacing a lost tooth.

Dental implants, when replacing dentures, provide even more benefits. Dentures are notorious for slipping at the worst possible moments. Poorly fitting dentures can even affect diet, restricting food selections to easily chewed foods. Implants eliminate the possibility of slipping or pinching, and allow food of almost all types to be eaten (other than extremely hard foods such as chewing on ice, pits, or popcorn kernels, which is very bad for the implants and not good for natural teeth either). In short, dental implants are the closest way to surgically restore a natural tooth to its original condition

Our surgeons perform implant surgery at the LAKECITY HOSPITAL. Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.