Dental Implants Offer Unparalleled Stability for Your Restoration
If you suffer from missing teeth, implant-supported restorations can allow you to enjoy improved oral health, full dental function, and a lifelike smile. A dental implant is a small metal post that is screwed into your jawbone to anchor a dental prosthetic. In addition to supporting a restoration, implants can also help prevent the jawbone degeneration that results from long-term tooth loss. One of our doctors can refer you to an outstanding local oral surgeon to have your implants placed. We can then affix your custom-crafted restorations once your implants are secured and the healing process is complete. Dental implants offer incredibly stable support for crowns, dentures, or bridges. Contact Dr. McGibony & Associates to learn more about dental implants in Statesboro, GA, and to find out if they are right for you.
The Basics of Dental Implants
The first step of receiving an implant-supported restoration involves minor surgery to place one or several small posts in the jaw. Over time, your bone will grow around the implant, helping secure it in place. Once this process is complete, your dentist will attach an abutment piece and custom-made restoration to the implant post.
In order to receive implants, you must have sufficient healthy bone volume. If you have suffered bone degeneration, the implants may not have a solid foundation. Your doctor will use advanced digital x-rays to examine your jaw and determine your candidacy for implants. To improve your candidacy, your oral surgeon may recommend bone grafting or a sinus lift.
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Placing and Restoring Dental Implants
If he determines that you are a candidate for implants, Dr. McGibony or an associate will refer you to one of two partner oral surgeons in the area. He also works with a periodontist for truly comprehensive care. After any initial preparatory procedures, your surgeon will carefully position the implants in the jawbone. The number of teeth you are missing will determine how many implants you receive. One implant can support a dental crown to replace a single missing tooth. If you are missing several teeth, multiple implants will be placed to support a bridge or denture. It usually takes about four to six months for your bone to fuse with the posts. Often, we can provide a temporary restoration during this time. After you have fully recovered, you will return to our office to have your final restoration secured.
Because they become a permanent part of your jawbone, dental implants offer unparalleled stability. You will not have to worry that your restorations will slip out of place, and it is unlikely that you will have to change your diet to accommodate your new teeth. Implants can also protect your overall oral health. By replacing your dental roots, they can help stop jawbone recession, further tooth loss, and a changing facial shape.
Additionally, implant-supported restorations offer aesthetic benefits. The restorations will sit directly against your gums, so they will be virtually identical in appearance to natural teeth. Your implant-supported restorations will also be custom-fabricated to match your smile and facial contours. Thanks to the many benefits of dental implants, you will enjoy full dental functionality, a gorgeous smile, and improved self-confidence.
Contact our Dental Practice Today
To learn more about implants and your candidacy for this treatment option, schedule a consultation at our practice today.