Dental implants are a replacement tooth root and an alternative to a bridge or traditional dentures. Dental implants provide a stable, permanent foundation for replacement teeth. Implants offer many benefits; most notable is the fusing of bone to tooth root that feels like real teeth, as opposed to removable dentures, which can feel fake and loose. For missing teeth, implants are the best bet for a more natural tooth replacement. The dental implant procedure is surgical and sometimes requires a follow-up surgery.
The first step to the dental implant procedure is to map your jaw line. The periodontist will make a small incision in the gums where the implant will go, then drill a small hole at the insertion point. The implant itself is a small screw with a crown that resembles a tooth. The surgeon will then insert the implant. The implant or “root” will then fuse with the bone over time and become permanent, usually in about 3 to 6 months.
Dental implants have a number of benefits over a traditional bridge or dentures:
The team at Walding and Associates have over 15 years experience as dentists and periodontist, with training in all aspects of dentistry. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or learn more about the dental implant procedure in Lakeland. Our dental office is located in South Lakeland easy drive for those in Lakeland, Mulberry, Bartow and surrounding areas.