Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of commercially pure titanium. This titanium screw is used to support a restoration for a missing tooth or teeth. By replacing missing tooth roots, dental implants provide people with the strength and stability required to eat all the foods they love, without struggling to chew. Additionally, they help to stimulate and maintain jaw bone, preventing bone loss and helping to support facial features.
Who is NOT a candidate?
- Patients who haven’t yet completed bone growth ie. Children and adolescents
- Patients with active diabetes, cancer or periodontal disease may require additional treatment before the procedure can be performed.
- Smokers face a greater risk of implant failure. Smoking affects osseointegration, the process by which the implant anchors to the jawbone.
- Consultation with a dentist or dental specialist to determine if you are a suitable candidate.
- Teeth, gums and bone density assessed using x rays and cone-beam CT scan to ensure that there is sufficient bone structure and to determine placement position. Some patients with insufficient bone or gum tissue require bone or soft tissue grafts prior to or in conjunction with implant placement.
- Once the implants are placed in the bone, either under local or general anesthetic they are left to completely anchor and fuse to the bone through a process known as osseointegration. This process takes anywhere from 3-6 months.
- Following osseointegration, a permanent crown can be placed.
**This timeframe depends on individual cases and treatments.**