Dental Implants

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a small rod of titanium that replaces an existing tooth. Implants can even be used to keep dentures in place with four or more being utilized at a time. Implants are permanent once they have undergone a process that is known as osseointegration. Osseointegration simply refers to the implant fusing with the surrounding bone naturally and over the course of just a few months.

Why are Dental Implants needed?

A dental implant is needed if you are missing one or more teeth. Instead of being fitted for a partial denture or having a fixed bridge placed, implants do not require surrounding teeth to be compromised and act on their own. You may want implants if you wear dentures and are tired of them falling out and slipping throughout the day. Implants are permanent once they’ve been given time to heal and won’t need to be repaired or replaced.

What makes you a candidate for Dental Implants?

In order for dental implants to be placed, oral surgery is necessary. For this reason, you need to be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery and have the ability to heal from the procedure once it’s been finished. To determine if you’re a good candidate for implants, you’ll come in for an exam and consultation. We work to help explain the implant procedure to you when in our office.

What happens during the Dental Implant procedure?

To place a dental implant, we first administer anesthetic or sedation of your choice. We will discuss your sedation options during your consultation appointment. Next, a small incision is made through the gums and the implant post is inserted deep into the bone. The gums are sutured and you may need to come in for regular appointments so that we can check the implant to ensure it’s healing properly. Once the implant has been given time to heal, a new crown or denture can be made to fit on top of the appliance.

If you would like to learn more about dental implants and are interested in coming in to have them placed, call our office today and we will be happy to schedule a consultation appointment for you.

Dr Hardin and her team are committed to serving Centralia and the surrounding communities with outstanding service, dental expertise, and a fantastic overall experience.