Dental implants are the gold standard and most reliable method of replacing missing teeth. They have a very high success rate and can remain stable over a lifetime. Dental implants are artificial roots that are placed into the jawbone. Once the implant(s) have healed and become integrated, teeth may be placed on top using connectors, screws and cements. If a tooth is placed on top of an implant that IS NOT integrated, it may become loose, fail and need to be removed.
Patients are often eager to complete implant therapy quickly. While there are exceptions that allow for shorter time frames, it is generally recommended that treatment time be extended. Why? Because the jawbone is constantly being recycled and rebuilt. Once an implant is placed into the bone, it is important to allow this natural process to continue for a period of time. Short treatment times can increase the risk of complications. Depending on the individual case, healing times range from 3 - 6 months. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or an entire set of teeth.
We highly recommended that you have a CT scan of your jaws before having implants placed. Traditional x-rays only provide a 2-dimensional view of the mouth, which is adequate for other aspects of dentistry but not ideal when considering implants. A CT scan provides a 3-dimensional view of the bones and nerves. CT scans offer the clearest and safest road map for placing implants.