Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone. The teeth attached to the implants, often times dental crowns, are natural-looking and enhance a patient’s smile. Dental implants are a very strong, stable, and durable tooth restoration options, but on occasion, the implant may need to be re-tightened or replaced due to everyday wear.
Like most cosmetic dentistry, the process of getting dental implants requires several visits to Centerport implant dentist, Dr. Roger Curtiss. After your consultation with Dr. Curtiss regarding dental implants and other viable cosmetic dental options, your next dental appointment will include dental x-rays and impressions or molds of the jaw and teeth. These help Dr. Curtiss to determine the structure of your jaw, as well as illustrates what bone, gum tissue and spacing is available for the implant. The next step in dental implants involves the surgical placement of the implant into the bone, often this procedure will happen with an oral surgeon. After the area has been allowed to heal, which could take up to six months, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post on the dental implant. During this part of the procedure, you will have several fittings with Dr. Curtiss so that we can ensure the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant and provide stability and comfort.
Following a dental implant procedure with Dr. Curtiss, you’ll receive at-home care instructions. Good oral hygiene, healthy eating habits, and regular dental visits to Dr. Curtiss’ Centerport dentist office will all aid in prolonging the life of your dental implants.