Dental implants are an ideal permanent option for patients with missing teeth or who need to restore one or more teeth suffering from damage, or changes to your teeth happening as you age. Mai Dentistry offers dental implants to help patients regain lost functionality in their teeth. In addition, implants can help improve your smile and confidence.
Why Should I Get Dental Implants?
Many people decide to get dental implants over other options like conventional dentures or bridges because they work like natural teeth. Perhaps the patient can choose a hybrid treatment option such as implants with overdentures to improve the stability of the prostheses. The permanency that you get from dental implants can also boost your confidence. There’s no need to worry about the dentures sliding out of place while you eat.
People typically decide to get dental implants because they’re dealing with problems like:
- Missing teeth
- Inability to speak clearly because of lost teeth
- Bad prior experience with bridges or dentures
You may be a good candidate for dental implants if you aren’t dealing with dental issues like periodontitis or tooth decay. In addition, you need to have sufficient healthy bone in your jaw to undergo a dental implant procedure.
How Does the Procedure Work?
The first step in getting dental implants involves coming to Mai Dentistry for a complete oral examination. That lets us evaluate your dental health and determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants. The dentist performs services like taking a complete x-ray series and CT scans of the target implant areas during the visit.
At Mai Dentistry, our dentists use state-of-the-art dental software to help them plan the placement of dental implants. If you’re eligible for the procedure, then the dentist moves on to:
- Taking impressions of the target implant areas
- Sending those impressions to Mai Dentistry’s outside lab to create a splint device to guide dental implant placements
- Preparing your mouth for insertion of a titanium post to support the implant
- Performing any necessary tissue membrane transfers or bone grafts
- Placing a temporary tooth over your post in some cases where aesthetic concerns are a priority
- Installing the permanent tooth over the post after 3-6 months
Our office provides patients with several different sedation options to help them manage any anxiety or stress they may feel in anticipation of the procedure.