For dental implants to be properly placed, there are three steps involved. The first step involves taking x-rays and making impressions of the teeth and jaws. Next, a dentist will analyze the health of your bone structure and gum tissue. This analysis will also determine the spacing that is needed between existing teeth.
After this diagnosis has been completed, a treatment plan will be created. Treatment begins with a surgery to implant a titanium rod into the structure of your jawbone. There is usually an 8-12 week healing time required after this surgery. Once the dentist determines that the gums are completely healed, artificial teeth are attached to each of the titanium posts that have been implanted. The actual length of time needed to complete the dental implants will vary with each patient.
When a patient is missing a tooth or several teeth, there is always the danger that the bone structure can begin to dissolve in that area. The placement of implants will help to strengthen and protect the integrity of the bone structure in each area where a replacement has been attached. In addition to protecting the bone structure, implants will also protect the natural teeth that are still near that area by preventing them from shifting out of their place.
When all is said and done, dental implants are more natural-looking and stronger than any other replacement option available. If you live in the New York, NY area, give our office a call to find out if dental implants are the right choice for you!