Implant dentistry appears to be taking the world by storm as it grows in popularity and affordability. In fact, procedures are projected to only increase over the coming decades. Dental implants are a great solution to the issue of missing teeth, but how do you know if it is right for you? It is helpful first to understand what implants are and to consult with your dentist to see if you are a good candidate.
What Is Implant Dentistry?
Using a post and crown to replace a missing tooth is implant dentistry. At Durán & Martínez Cosmetic and Reconstructive Dentistry, Dr. Ramon Durán embeds a titanium post into the jaw bone of a patient to secure the implant in place. The post fuses to the bone in a process called osseointegration. Once it is properly fused, the post is topped with a crown that looks just like a natural tooth. The patient can then use the tooth as normal.
Which Procedures Are Involved With Implants?
Dental implant procedures have become less invasive over the years, but it is still a surgical procedure. If a patient has a single missing tooth, then Dr. Durán may just place one implant. For patients who are missing multiple teeth, it is possible to place a few dental implants to restore a few teeth up to a full arch. The entire implant process may require multiple visits over a few months.
Who Benefits From Dental Implants?
Anyone who has missing teeth can benefit from dental implants. No matter if you require a single tooth replacement, a bridge, or a full row of teeth, dental implants may be a viable option if Dr. Durán determines you to be a good candidate.
Where Can You Get More Information?
You should first have a detailed consultation to make sure you create a treatment plan that will meet your dental needs. Contact our practice in San Juan, PR today to schedule a visit and learn more about our implant dentistry services!