A dental implant is an artificial fixture that simulates the root of a tooth that is surgically anchored into your jaw in the place of a missing tooth to hold a replacement tooth crown or bridge in place. The benefit of using implants is that they don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support; instead, they are permanent and stable. Implants are a good solution to tooth loss because once they are restored, they look and feel like natural teeth.
Implant fixtures are made from medical-grade titanium and bone-like ceramic materials that are compatible with body tissue. When strategically placed, implants can be used to support single crowns or permanently cemented bridges, often eliminating the need for a denture. The cost tends to be greater, but implants and bridges more closely resemble real teeth than dentures. People who are unable to wear dentures may be good candidates for dental implants.
The doctors at Mystic Dental work with several periodontists and oral surgeons to restore the implants after they have been placed and are healed. It is imperative that we assist you in developing a treatment plan that will satisfy your needs before you visit the implant surgeon. Implants can provide solutions to complex dental problems, but the treatment objectives must be carefully planned prior to the surgery.
The process can take from three to nine months to complete. Technology, however, is trying to decrease the healing time involved. Each patient heals differently, so times will vary. The good news is that the success rate for implants is approaching 95%.