What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the latest option for replacing missing teeth. They consist of small titanium rods, which are surgically inserted into your jawbone. Implants rely on a process known as osseointegration (the fusion of your jawbone to the rods). Successful osseointegration turns the titanium rods into strong, stable “roots.” Other components of implants consist of the abutments, or connectors (which are placed on top of the exposed ends of the implants), and your replacement teeth, which are made from ceramic. All of these components work together to provide you with a brand-new, beautiful, fully-functional smile.
Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants are highly customizable. There are several types of dental implants, which can be designed to fit a variety of different needs:
The Dental Implant Procedure
Implants require a surgical procedure. We begin with a local anesthetic. We make incisions in your gums, exposing the jawbone. Next, we drill into the bone and place the implants. Your gums are then sutured closed around the implants, leaving just a small amount exposed above the tissue. Before you leave, you are provided with temporary teeth, which will help to restore some of the functions of your mouth while you heal.
Healing can take up to several months, depending on how many implants are placed. During this time, we monitor your progress, making sure that your jawbone is fusing properly with the implants. Once you have completely healed, we then begin the process for making your permanent replacement teeth. Abutments are placed on your implants and impressions taken. These impressions are sent to a lab, where your custom teeth are designed and created. When they are ready, we screw them into place on your implants.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer several benefits:
If you are missing teeth, dental implants are a great option for restoring the health and function of your mouth. For more information, or to schedule your consultation, call Newport Dental Group today at (949) 220-2920.