Dental implants are made up of posts, abutments, and crowns and are used to fill gaps caused by lost teeth and restore dental health to your teeth and jawbone. Implants provide strength, stability and better dental health than bridges and dentures and should be your first choice if you are a good candidate for implants.
If you have a missing tooth but still have healthy gums, and enough bone to anchor an implant, and will maintain good dental hygiene, you are a good candidate.
Bad candidates for implants include:
* Juveniles: People whose jawbones are still growing
* Pregnant women
* Smokers: Smoking can reduce proper healing of an implant
* People who take medicines that may suppress the immune system
* People who grind their teeth
* People with uncontrolled chronic diseases: Diabetes, connective-tissue diseases and immune deficiencies
Dr. Gundersen can evaluate you to be sure implants are the right choice for you.
Dental implants usually take two to three appointments and a couple of months to complete.
During your first appointment, Dr. Gundersen will make an impression of your teeth so a replacement tooth can be made.
Next, Dr. Gundersen will create a space in your jawbone to fit a titanium post. After it is inserted, your jawbone will fuse to this post over the following four to six weeks of healing, making it as strong as the root of a real tooth and improving the strength of your jaw.
During your second appointment, Dr. Gundersen will open up the gum to insert the abutment (post extension) into the post. This abutment will then have the new crown attached at the other end. Your new crown will be strong and complete your bite they way your old tooth did. If there are any needs for bite adjustments, Dr. Gundersen will do them at this time.
Dr. Gundersen often recommends dental implants to help maintain the durability and strength of your jaw bone. Implanting the rod into the bone encourages it to retain calcium and other minerals it needs to be healthy. This new stability in your jaw will help keep your other teeth from shifting. They don't shift or slide like a full or partial denture and they won't dislodge while you're speaking or chewing.
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