Dental implant surgery is a process that involves replacing tooth roots with screwlike metal posts, and damaged or missing teeth with artificial ones designed to closely mimic natural teeth in both appearance and function. This surgical procedure serves as a valuable alternative to ill-fitting dentures or bridgework, particularly in cases where the lack of natural teeth roots prevents the creation of effective denture or bridge replacements.

The specific approach to dental implant surgery varies depending on the type of implant and the condition of the jawbone. The procedure may encompass multiple steps, with a key advantage being the sturdy foundation implants provide for new teeth. This involves allowing the bone to securely heal around the implant, a process that necessitates several months for completion due to the time required for optimal bone healing.

Why it’s done?

Dental implants are strategically positioned in the jawbone to replace missing teeth roots, offering a secure and stable foundation. The fusion of titanium with the jawbone ensures that implants remain firmly in place, eliminating concerns such as slipping, noise, or potential bone damage associated with fixed bridgework or dentures. Unlike natural teeth supporting traditional bridgework, the implant materials are not susceptible to decay.

In summary, dental implants may be a suitable option if you:

  1. Experience one or more missing teeth
  2. Have a fully developed jawbone
  3. Possess sufficient bone for implant stability or are eligible for a bone graft
  4. Maintain healthy oral tissues
  5. Lack health conditions impacting bone healing
  6. Prefer an alternative to dentures
  7. Seek improvement in speech
  8. Can commit to the multi-month process
  9. Are a non-smoker