Dental implants are titanium posts that replace your natural tooth roots if you have missing teeth. While the dental implant process can take several weeks, once placed, the implants allow your artificial teeth to look and function like your natural teeth once did.
The primary role of dental implants is to hold your replacement teeth in place. When replacement teeth options, like dentures or dental crowns, connect to dental implants, they allow you to chew and speak normally and without discomfort.
Placing dental implants requires surgery. Dr. Siddiqui at Smile Makeover surgically places the implant into your jawbone through the empty socket left by your missing tooth.
Because the implant material is titanium, it can fuse to the surrounding bone over time. While your mouth heals, the implant slowly osseointegrates, or bonds, to the bone for stabilization.
The implant then connects to your replacement teeth and holds them in place. Unlike dentures alone, which sit on top of your gums, dental implants prevent your replacement teeth from shifting when you chew, speak, or smile.
As a permanent solution for missing teeth, dental implants can take months to plan and place.
The first step is determining whether you’re an ideal candidate for a dental implant. You need plenty of healthy bone in your jaw to secure an implant. If you don’t have enough, Dr. Siddiqui may recommend a bone graft prior to your implant surgery.
When you arrive for your dental implant surgery, Dr. Siddiqui administers anesthesia before surgically inserting the implant. Next, he uses sutures to close the access hole and prevent infection. It takes approximately 6-12 weeks to fully heal from dental implant surgery.
Once your swelling subsides after surgery, Dr. Siddiqui takes impressions of your mouth to create your custom-made replacement teeth. Depending on your case, dentures, dental crowns, or a dental bridge may be the appropriate replacement option in the restoration process.
Finally, Dr. Siddiqui connects your replacement teeth to your implants, rehabilitating your tooth function and appearance.
To learn more about dental implants, call Smile Makeover or schedule an appointment online now.