Dental implants are rapidly becoming the treatment of choice for replacing missing or extracted teeth. Properly placed and restored dental implants can give patients the look and feel of real, natural teeth, allowing them the comfort and confidence to enjoy life. Treatment options such as complete and partial dentures can be enhanced by dental implants. For more information about dental implants or to schedule a complimentary consultation call our office in Niagara Falls or our office in Williamsville.
Dental Implant Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium screws that function as an artificial tooth root. Your dentist will place an abutment and a crown (the visible part of the tooth) on top of the dental implant to restore looks and function. The parts associated with an implant supported tooth are securely attached to one another, so there is no the possibility of the parts separating or falling apart. Because dental implants attach or “integrate” to the bone dental implants can also be used to secure prosthetics such as removable complete and partial dentures.
Once the implant is surgically placed approximately 12 weeks is allotted for the implant to integrate to your bone. During this time you may function nearly normally with just some minor adjustments. In some cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed.
Dentistry is advancing at a rapid rate and we here at Niagara Dental Implant and Oral Surgery stay on top of those advances. For instance, Dr. Nigalye is able to place implants at the time of tooth extraction saving the patient additional surgeries and unanticipated bone grafting procedures. Implants can also be placed in a single stage fashion. When implants are placed in this fashion there is no need for a second procedure to uncover the implant. Regardless of the surgical technique, implants require a minimum of 8 to 12 weeks before the definitive restoration is placed and the tooth can be used like your own.