Dental implants are the best 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. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and can enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are strong and durable and will last many years. On occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons for dental implants:
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.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The first step is your free consultation with Dr. Sonia Kaur-Singh. This visit will include a complimentary panoramic x-ray and a comprehensive oral evaluation to assess the health and appearance of each and every tooth. Based on this evaluation, Dr. Kaur will be able to determine if dental implants are an option for you. We will be able to provide a general cost estimate at this time, but the complete treatment plan will require further diagnostics and surgical planning.
If you are ready to move forward with dental implants, a CT scan and models are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. Dr. Kaur will consult with the dental lab to create a digital, 3-D plan of the implant placement.
Once that is complete, we will set up a second consultation to discuss the detailed treatment plan, including the total cost and each step involved. We will provide as much information as you need to feel comfortable with this investment in your oral health. We understand that this is a decision that is not to be taken lightly, so we take our time to ensure that you fully understand each aspect of the process.
Each individual case may require different associated procedures. Age, medical history, jaw bone density, jaw and sinus anatomy, and amount of time a tooth has been missing, are all factors to be considered in the overall treatment plan.
We typically recommended IV sedation for implant placement. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth 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, please contact our office at 586-573-4970 to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Kaur!