Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth in a natural and secure way. It is usually accomplished in two stages where the implant is placed then allowed to heal after which teeth are fabricated. In some cases the implant can be placed with teeth on them in one stage. The planning should begin with a thorough exam, radiographs (x-rays), 3D scan, study models, and photographs. A treatment plan will be formulated based on the information that was obtained.
The implant is a titanium post that is placed and left to heal for 3-6 months. During this time the bone grows onto the surface of the implant. After this integration, the final teeth can be placed on the implant(s).
Implants can be used in many situations from replacing a single missing tooth to replacing several teeth. They can even be used to help stabilize a loose denture. Implants can restore a patient’s confidence to function and smile.
Implants have an excellent long term history and the majority of patients remark on how easy and comfortable the procedure is. Implants can make a significant difference in a patient’s quality of life. If you have any questions, Dr. Solar would be happy to discuss them with you.