Dental Implants

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A dental implant is a small, titanium post that’s surgically implanted into your jaw. A custom-made prosthetic tooth crown is created just for you and affixed to the post. There are many benefits to getting a dental implant, and your dentist can work with you to determine if implants would be a good solution for your oral health care needs.

Who Benefits From a Dental Implant?

Dental implants can be used for anyone missing a tooth and whose jaw has completed growing. If you’re missing a tooth due to severe decay, defects, or trauma, one or more dental implants can restore the look of your smile and the functioning of your teeth.

The Dental Implant Procedure

The procedure for getting an implant includes three stages. In the first stage, the dentist implants the post. As your mouth heals, you’ll need to consume a soft diet. You may take antibiotics to prevent an infection. The second stage is the integration of the post with your jaw bone. Your body will perform osteointegration, which is the process of new bone growing around the post and creating a strong, stable matrix. Once the implant is integrated into your jaw, the artificial crown will be placed. The crown is created by a dental lab using impressions taken of your mouth.

Reasons to Consider a Dental Implant

If you don’t want to damage your existing teeth to get a bridge, a dental implant protects your natural teeth while restoring dental function. Dental implants are fixed in place, making them easier to use than a denture. They also restore the aesthetics of your smile.

At the office of Burke Jardine, DMD, we’re dedicated to helping our patients make sound decisions when it comes to getting dental implants and making sure they’re completely satisfied with the results.