As experienced oral healthcare providers, we know how vital it is to provide natural replacements for your loose or missing teeth. Dental implants are the gold standard for teeth replacement.
Implants create solid foundations that support a range of replacements, including permanent crowns, bridges or dentures. Using advanced imaging technology, we can precisely place your implant to ensure both natural appearance and lasting results. With implants, you can smile and eat with confidence. And you’ll be the only one who will know which teeth are natural…and which are not.
What are implants?
Implants are the anchored posts to which replacement teeth are attached. Trained periodontists place the implants into your jaw to take the place of roots and create a permanent support for your crown or other replacement tooth.
Swedish scientist Per Ingvar-Branemark developed biocompatible dental implant posts to support prosthetic teeth more than 50 years ago. Thanks to advances in dentistry and engineering, today’s titanium implants are more durable than ever and able to support prosthetic replacement teeth for decades…even for a lifetime!
Who should get implants?
Since implants nestle inside your jawbone, sufficient bone mass is needed to reinforce the posts. Before any work is done, a trained periodontist will first carefully examine your dental health and bone structure using advanced, digital x-rays to determine if an implant is the best solution for you and – if so – precisely where it should be placed.
Because the bacteria from periodontal disease can cause tissue erosion that could compromise your implant, it’s essential to receive treatment for your gum disease before you receive an implant. Regular cleaning and treatment are an important step afterward to prevent potential damage to your implants.
What’s involved in implant surgery?
Dr. Genet is a dental specialist, with extensive training in a full array of advanced periodontal surgical procedures. Before he places your dental implants, Dr. Genet will numb your gums and jawbone, then he will place the implant in the most appropriate position and location. He’ll then reposition the tissue around your implant to ensure proper healing and a long lasting result.
It will take approximately four to six months for the implant to fuse with your gum and bone and fully heal. Once fully healed, Dr. Genet will have you return to your general dentist, who will place an abutment piece atop the implant and a natural-looking restoration tooth will be created to match your natural teeth and facial structure.
Caring for your implant
Caring for your implant is as easy as caring for your natural teeth – maintain routine oral hygiene and have your teeth and gums examined and cleaned regularly. While implants are not subject to decay, it is important to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy to prevent bacteria from multiplying and eroding your gums or jawbone.
Because they are so stable and lifelike, dental implants today are extremely popular and highly recommended. They replace your natural, biological structures and can even prevent jawbone degeneration. To learn more about dental implants and find out if they are right for you, call the office of Dr. Genet today – (305) 933-8700