Dental implants are permanent tooth root replacements surgically placed within the patient’s jawbone. The implant post mimics the function of a natural root, providing support and stability for prosthetic teeth. At Kik Dental, we offer patients implant restorations such as custom-made porcelain crowns, bridges, and dentures. Implant restorations are the most reliable and stable tooth replacement options and allow you to fully restore your chewing and speaking abilities after tooth loss. They also look natural and restore your smile’s beauty.
The Procedure for Implant Restorations
Our dentist surgically places the titanium implant post into the patient’s jawbone. Before the surgery is performed, our dentist numbs the area with local anesthetic and also provides sedation options if needed. After the implant is in place, it will have to fuse with the jawbone.
Patients need to wait for the healing and osseointegration processes to be complete before their final restorations can be placed on the implants. This period typically lasts three to six months, depending on the implant type and the patient’s unique healing rate. However, the wait is worth it because the final restoration will provide patients with a fully functional and long-lasting attractive smile.
Dental implant restorations are designed to look like natural teeth and blend in flawlessly with surrounding teeth for a seamless appearance. The restoration is attached to the top portion of the dental implant post using dental cement to ensure the restoration does not become loose or fall out unexpectedly. The posts themselves are made from titanium and are biocompatible with the jawbone; therefore, patients should have no issues with inflammation of the gums.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that preserves and replenishes the jawbone, preventing bone recession and maintaining your facial structure and youthful appearance. Unlike traditional bridges or dentures, which rest on the gums, implant restorations are supported by implants that are surgically placed directly into the jawbone. This naturally stimulates the jaw and prevents any deterioration that may occur over time from missing teeth.
Traditional dentures and bridges often shift in the mouth and can irritate the gums. With implants, patients can eat and speak normally without any discomfort. Implants require the same daily maintenance as natural teeth to stay healthy and free of decay and periodontal disease. Once in place, they act just like your natural teeth and will not need to be removed for cleaning.
To learn more about how implant restorations can improve your smile, visit Kik Dental at 403 S 11th St Suite 200, Boise, Idaho 83702, or call (208) 342-3440 to schedule a consultation. We look forward to the opportunity to help you regain a beautiful, healthy smile!