Why we recommend implant dentistry –
If you have lost one or several teeth, we recommend implant dentistry as the best way to replace them. The reason is simple – osseointegration. This is the only option for tooth loss that is surgically placed in your mouth. In this procedure, a titanium post is inserted under your gums and secured to the jawbone. This is done surgically under anesthesia and it takes a week or so to fully recover from the procedure. Over the course of several months, the jawbone and titanium post will fuse together through the process of osseointegration and this is what makes an implant so strong and so durable. The jawbone essentially provides the same level of stability to the implant that it did to the natural tooth. In turn, the implant provides stimulation to the jawbone which serves to prevent resorption. As a result, a dental implant is the most natural way to replace teeth and it can improve your health while restoring your smile.
The process of implant dentistry –
Before we can place the implants, we will need to examine you physically to ensure that you are in good oral health. If you show any signs of gum disease or infections, we will have those corrected prior to getting started. On the day of surgery, you will be given anesthesia and will most likely fall asleep. How long the actual procedure takes will depend on how many implants are being placed in your mouth. To stay comfortable afterwards, we recommend that you take ibuprofen, use an icepack and are careful with what and how you eat for several days. Your gums will heal before you know it and once they do, you will just need to wait for osseointegration. During this time, we will be preparing your new tooth or teeth (dental crowns). This is done by taking measurements and an impression of your mouth. The dental lab will create new teeth that look so natural, they blend in with any of your remaining ones. The results are so perfect, so natural looking, that most people cannot tell the difference after they are placed. We will have you come in for that appointment within a couple months of the initial procedure. In the meantime, many people will wear a temporary denture to keep their smile intact.
To learn more about implant dentistry and to find out if you are a good candidate, call to schedule an appointment. We are confident that this solution will impress you as it is the most natural looking and durable of all tooth replacement solutions.