Dental Implants and Mini Implants
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a restorative method to replace a missing tooth or missing teeth. It is a support system, or essentially a fake root, for a dental bridge or crown and is permanently fixed to the jaw bone. The actual implant is a titanium post that reaches through the gums to attach to the jaw bone where it will fuse together after about 3 months. The actual tooth (crown or bridge) is then affixed on top of this titanium post. At Monfredi Family Dental, we offer implant restoration, or the placement of the dental crown or bridge onto the implant post. We refer our patients to a highly skilled prosthodontist to provide the placement of the implant post.
What is the process?
The process of placing a dental implant requires dental surgery, so you will be medically anesthetized during the procedure. The inner tissue and bone will be prepared to allow the implant to be securely placed into the bone. Once the metal post is secured, a process called osseointegration will begin, where the existing bone fuses with the metal of the implant, further reinforcing its structural integrity. This process may take up to 3 months. While your mouth is healing, a temporary crown or bridge can be provided for appearance and function. Meanwhile, your crown or bridge will be created in a dental lab and when osseointegration is completed it will be adhered to the top of the implant by Dr. Monfredi.
Are dental implants a good option for me?
A good candidate for dental implants will have healthy gums and a solid bone structure to support the implant. You also need to think about your dental hygiene habits. It is very important for the long-term care of your implants to take proper care of your teeth at home and to consistently see your dentist for bi-annual check-ups. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation, contact us today!