The discovery that titanium metal is biologically compatible with bone changed the face of dentistry forever. Needless to say, we very much enjoy doing work with implants here at Knox Mountain Dentistry! A dental implant is basically a small titanium “screw” that is placed in bone and allowed to integrate. Once integrated, these implants become fused to the bone and these versatile prosthetics can be used to support a crown, bridge or denture, giving incredible support and life-long stability to the restoration.
How Does It Work?
Dental implants work in two stages. In the first stage, the implant is placed in the bone and left to integrate for several months. Once this phase is complete, then your implant is ready to be restored. Your dental professional will take an impression of your teeth and dental implant and have your new crown or bridge fabricated. This generally takes two weeks to complete, at which point you will receive the completed prosthetic.
Are Implants Right For Me?
If you are wondering if dental implants are the best treatment option for you, a consultation with one of our dental professionals is required. At this appointment, x-rays and clinical exam will be performed to assess the quality and quantity of bone present at the proposed implant site. If there is inadequate bone, additional bone grafting procedures may be required before an implant can be successfully placed. We will also be happy to discuss alternatives to implants so that you are fully informed as to your treatment options.