Dental implants may offer solutions for patients who cannot function adequately with conventional dentures. An implant will restore the proper function to an area which is missing a tooth. In some cases, a dental implant is a better option to replace a tooth than a bridge since it does not affect the structural integrity of the adjacent teeth. However, not every patient is a candidate for implants. The most common issues which would prevent a patient from being a candidate for an implant would be lack of bone support or space between existing teeth. We will examine your case and help you decide which option is best for you.
What is involved in placing implants?
First, surgery is performed to place the anchor. Some implants require a second surgery in which a post is attached to connect the anchor to the replacement teeth. With other implants, the anchor and post are already attached and are placed at the same time.
After the gums and bone have had time to heal around the implant – which may take several weeks – the next step begins. The artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor.
For more information on the different types of dental implants, visit www.mis-implants.com.