Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like regular teeth. If you have missing or damaged teeth, they could be the solution to a healthier and more attractive smile.
Located in Anchorage, Oral Surgery Associates of Alaska provides answers to popular questions concerning dental implants:
- What Are Dental Implants? Dental implants are small titanium posts that are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The post serves as an anchor in the absence of a tooth root. Generally, a dental implant is covered with a natural-looking ceramic crown or artificial tooth.
- What Is The Surgical Procedure? For most patients, two separate oral surgery procedures are involved. First, your oral surgeon places the implants in the jawbone, allowing three to six months to allow the gums to bond with the post. Once the implant has bonded to the jaw, your oral surgeon will uncover the implant and place an artificial tooth onto the post. Both procedures are performed in-office and usually require IV sedation. The entire process takes six to eight months.
- Can I Have More Than One Implant? For two or more missing teeth, your oral surgeon will use a fixed bridge, which requires only a few implants to anchor the bridge to your jaw.
- Do I Really Need Implants? If you have missing teeth, dental implants will give you renewed confidence and peace of mind. Additionally, without proper teeth placement, the health of your surrounding teeth will deteriorate. This can leave them more vulnerable to infections and structural problems.
Your smile is with you wherever you go. If you think you might be a good candidate for dental implants, or want to speak to a trained oral surgeon, contact Oral Surgery Associates of Alaska today at (907) 561-1430. To learn more about their professionally trained staff and services, visit them online. You can also follow the team of oral surgeons on Facebook for more dental health tips.