What are Dental Implants?
Dr. William Aerni
What are dental implants? Anyone that has lost a tooth or needed a tooth replaced has wondered what their options are to replace it. Removable dentures, a fixed bridge, and dental implants are the three most popular options to fill the space where a tooth once was. Removable dentures slide and click, making them uncomfortable to wear. Fixed bridges are anchored to nearby, healthy teeth which can damage them over time and may need to be replaced every couple of years. Dental implants are by far the least invasive and the least harmful to surrounding teeth and the most comfortable for daily wear.
Dental implants are a natural-looking, permanent solution for missing teeth and very rarely have to be replaced due to damage. The procedure begins with a dental exam and the latest technology and 3D scan to identify problems and map out the solution. Next, molds are taken to custom fit the implant to the patient’s mouth. First, a titanium implant is fused to the bone once the old tooth has been removed. This implant looks similar to a small screw and after being put in place it is given a few weeks to heal before attaching the crown. The crown has the appearance of a tooth and must be formed to the patient’s mouth.
Most patients worry about the pain level that is involved with dental implants. Patients feel no pain from the beginning of the procedure to the end of the healing process. Even with a painless procedure, patients may feel anxiety with dental work. For this, Dr. Aerni offers the latest in sedation to ensure that a patient is as comfortable as possible. Dental implants are a great solution to replace missing teeth while feeling natural and restoring confidence and a beautiful smile.