Are you interested in replacing damaged or lost teeth? Then maybe a dental implant
is for you. Here at Reno-Tahoe Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we use the latest technology and techniques to ensure the success of the procedure and to minimize any discomfort. Our highly skilled team strives to provide you with the best dental implant results and total satisfaction.
What is a Dental Implant?
So what exactly are dental implants? Dental implants are posts that resemble screws or cylinders, constructed of metal, typically titanium, and act much like tooth roots. Implants are surgically placed into the jawbone and are attached below the gumline, which means they do not move around and will never fall out. Acting as a solid base, these implants provide long-lasting stability for custom dental crowns, or artificial teeth, that are then fixed over the implants.
Dental implants have a wide variety of benefits
. Designed to look like natural teeth, these restorations can be a single tooth or a whole replacement set, anchored in either the lower or upper jaw. This means you can have natural-looking teeth that could last you a lifetime, unlike dentures and other similar dental procedures.
However, dental implants are not for everyone. You must have healthy gums and sufficient bone to mount the implant. These factors must be met for a few reasons, most notably to reduce risks and because the implant must be adequately secured to the bone structure. If your bone is unable to support an implant, either because of too much loss or if it's too soft, you may need a bone graft. Other concerns are if there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw or the sinuses are too close to the jaw, then a sinus lift may be recommended.
Because children are still developing, they are not suitable for dental implants. Clients who are prone to infections are also not suitable for this procedure. We also recommend to patients who grind their teeth to consider other options as they can unintentionally wear down and damage their implants due to the excessive pressure caused by grinding.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental Implant Procedure
Once our team has evaluated and concluded that you are a prime candidate for dental implants
, there is usually a three-part process that can take several months until you have your new and strong implants.
To begin, Dr. Redlinger will put you under local anesthesia and anchor the implant in the jaw, then insert a screw into the implant to ensure that gum tissue and other debris does not enter the implant. The gum is then placed over the implant to secure it. The implant will be left to fuse with the bone for about three to six months in a process called “osseointegration,” essentially allowing the implant to fuse with the bone in the jaw.
The implant is uncovered in the second step and Dr. Redlinger attaches a post to the implant. Afterward, the sensitive gum tissue is given time to properly heal before starting the third step.
For the last step, Dr. Redlinger will make a unique crown, which will blend with the size, shape, and color of your other teeth.
Once the crown is complete, it is fixed to the implant post. So now you have a beautiful new tooth or set of teeth that look completely natural.
For those interested in having a dental implant procedure, you can drop by our clinic. Alternatively, call us at (775) 430-5355 to set an appointment with our dentists.