For most patients, the idea of dental implants is incredibly enticing: replacing missing teeth with artificial teeth so lifelike, some even forget they’re there. But some are a little put off by the idea of oral surgery. In this post from Wildflower Dental in Sun City AZ, we explain what the procedure is like.
The first thing you should know is that most dental implants are successful. The success rate is really quite extraordinary: better than ninety percent.
Dental implants, remember, are artificial tooth roots placed in the jaw, where they fuse with the bone. Once that happens they are a solid support for one or more artificial teeth.
To place a dental implant, the gums are opened to expose the bone, and a guide hole is drilled. Implant posts are made of titanium and look a little like screws. They are implanted deep into the jaw.
After it’s in place there is a waiting period as the post and bone grow together. This usually takes about two months or a little longer. Once the process is complete you’re ready for the artificial tooth.
In some cases the patient needs bone grafting to ensure there is enough bone to support the implant. This can extend the process by several months.
How the implant surgery is done depends on the condition of your jaw bone, the type of implant being used, and how many are being placed. To find out whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants, please call Wildflower Dental in Sun City AZ to schedule an appointment. We offer single tooth implants and implant-supported dentures. People from Peoria, Surprise, and Sun City West have benefitted from our implants. They also love our all-inclusive pricing, lifetime warranty, free second opinions, and in-office discount plan. Call for an appointment today!