Dental Implants Restore Your Smile's Foundation

An elderly man and woman looking over a document at a table.Dental implants should look and feel like your own teeth. Since they integrate into the structure of your jaw, they prevent bone loss and gum recession that often necessitate bridgework and dentures. Implants don't sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. More of your own teeth are left untouched, which is a long-term benefit to oral health.

An ideal candidate for a dental implant should be in good general and oral health. Adequate jawbone is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease. Dr. Urig will consult with you to determine the type of implant required, and depending on your specific condition he will create a personalized treatment plan.

The success rate of dental implants is in the 97% range. A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root. If missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges are an option. If missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture is an effective replacement.

Dental implants are tiny titanium posts, which are inserted into the jawbone where there are missing teeth. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. Implants also help preserve facial structure by preventing bone deterioration.

The placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within the jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery the implants are beneath the surface of the gums and gradually bond with the jawbone. Patients are able to wear a temporary prosthesis and eat a soft diet.

After the implant has integrated with the jawbone the second phase begins. Dr. Urig will uncover the implants and attach small posts, which act as anchors for the crown. Once the crowns are placed the posts are no longer visible. Most patients experience minimal disruption of their daily life.

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If you have questions or would like more information about the implant process call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Urig at Bonita Medical Center
505-988-2121.

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