Anatomy of healthy teeth and tooth dental implant in human dentura. 3d illustration

Dental implants are great alternative to bridges or dentures. They offer a permanent solution for missing teeth. Implants actually replace the root of the tooth.

Since dental implants are permanent, there are many benefits. Implants lead to many improvements such as enhanced appearance, enhanced speech, and comfort. After installing implants, patients have an easier time eating and improved dental/oral health. Another plus of dental implants is the durability and convenience of this permanent option.

You might be wondering how this process works. During surgery, your dentist will anchor the implant into your jawbone. The reason implants are a great permanent, long-term solution is because during the healing process your jaw bone grows around it which holds it in place. Depending on the patient, a temporary crown can be placed on the implant the same day of the surgery while other times a crown is placed after the healing process.

The right patient for an implant is typically someone who is in good general health as certain illnesses can slow the healing process. You must have a jawbone that can actually support the implant; if not, a process called bone grafting may be needed. Lastly you cannot use any sort of tobacco. Tobacco, including smoking and chewing tobacco, can cause the implant to fail. If you’re considering a dental implant, contact Blue Skye Dental to know if you would be a good candidate.