Dental Implants

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A dental implant is a replacement for a missing tooth roots.  Alternatively, implants can be used to secure your denture in place and prevent it from falling or slipping out. The dental implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone, allowing for a crown or other restoration to be placed on top. Implants are permanent replacements of missing teeth, preventing the need to repair or replace them over time, and are designed to match your natural teeth.

Why are Dental Implants needed?

Normally, a dental implant would be needed if a tooth has fallen out on its own or has been completely extracted. The implant prevents the need to file down and compromise surrounding teeth to make room for a fixed bridge. You may be thinking of having implants placed because you currently wear a denture and want it to fit more securely. The implants can enhance your smile and improve overall functionality of your teeth.

What makes you a candidate for Dental Implants?

In order for the implants to be placed, you have to be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery. Your health and medical history will be discussed at your consultation appointment. Most patients are ideal candidates for the procedure itself, since it is done quickly and effortlessly in-office. In fact, the procedure itself can even be done under local anesthetic if just one or two implants are needed.


What happens during the procedure for Dental Implants?

You’ll have a consultation with us here at Riverwalk Dental Group. You will then come in and receive either full sedation or local anesthetic as discussed at your consultation appointment. Next, an incision is made through the gums so that the doctor has access to the bone underneath. The implant’s post is then securely inserted deep into the bone and sutures placed into the gums. The post of the implant will bond naturally with your bone in a few short months. Once fused together, the implant is permanent and can be used for crowns, other restorations and dentures.

If you are thinking of getting dental implants and want to know more about this procedure, contact our office today and our helpful staff members can further assist you.

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