Dental implants are replacement roots for your teeth. They serve as the base and anchor for crowns and bridges, and removable and permanent replacement teeth. Implants can give you a better appearance,improve your bite, make it easier to eat, improve your speech, and are durable and convenient. Implants are a safe procedure for anyone healthy enough for routine dental procedures and oral surgery. Dr.Goehring will discuss your health history and case, and help you decide if implants are the right option for you.
Placement of Implants
The first step is an individualized plan of care. Dr. Goehring will evaluate your oral and overall health before he proceeds with an implant. A small post made of titanium is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jaw heals, the tissue grows around the implanted metal post and anchors it to the jaw. This can take from six to 12 weeks. Next a small connector post, called an abutment, is attached to the post. The abutment is used to secure the new tooth.
The doctor will make impressions of your teeth so that he can match the shape and bite. He then makes a model of your teeth and your new crown or bridge is then milled from this impression. Once your new tooth or bridge is in place, they will look and feel just like your natural teeth. This is because they are anchored to the jawbone and securely attached to the abutment.
Implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth and the placement of bridges. They should last a lifetime with proper care. Continue to brush and floss daily and keep up on your regular dental checkups.
Implants can give you back your smile and provide you with a natural feeling and looking solution to missing teeth. Call or contact our office today if you have any questions about dental implants.