Dental implant surgery is a procedure to replace damaged or missing teeth with artificial teeth. Dental implants not only look, but also function exactly like natural teeth. Many people choose dental implants over other options like dentures or bridgework because they offer a permanent and natural looking solution that lasts a lifetime!
You never have to worry about them coming loose or shifting around in your mouth because dental implants are perfectly customized to fit your mouth. You’ll finally be able to smile with confidence! Dental implant surgery is an easy and effective procedure that is also cost friendly. While the amount of procedures, exact timeline, and type of implant depends on the condition of your jawbone, overall the process is fairly straightforward. If dental implants are something you’re considering, we’ve created a detailed list on each step of the process, as well as what to expect afterwards!
1. Who Gets Dental Implants?
As we previously mentioned, dental implants are generally used for people who have missing or damaged teeth. The process of dental implant surgery requires a surgeon to surgically place the implant into the jawbone so that it is permanent and secure. In order to make sure the implant does not move around, make noise, or cause bone damage like fixed bridgework or dentures, the titanium implant must be fused into the bone. While it’s not an overly complex procedure, you do want to make sure it’s the right option for you.
The Mayo Clinic provides a list of candidates who qualify for this procedure which includes someone with one or more missing teeth, a fully grown and developed jawbone, adequate bone to secure the implant (or someone who is able to have a bone graft). They must have healthy oral tissue, no health conditions that would affect bone healing. They must be unable or unwilling to wear dentures, want to improve their speech, willing to commit to a process that may span several months, and be a non-smoker or willing to quit smoking.