Dental implants are an extremely popular procedure to restore your smile and replace missing teeth. However, because there are so many different procedures available, you may be wondering if dental implants are truly right for you, and what you can expect when getting one.
This short blog post from Experience Dental can provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision!
THE BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
Dental implant surgery presents some truly compelling advantages:
- They look and feel just like natural teeth;
- They help prevent bone loss;
- Cleaning and maintenance involves regular oral hygiene methods like brushing and flossing;
- There is no risk of them falling out;
- They can last for decades with proper care.
A dental implant is the next best thing you can have to a natural tooth. Not only will it restore your smile’s appearance, but it can also help improve your oral health!
HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT IMPLANT?
There are commonly three types of dental implants available:
- Single implants, which replace one tooth;
- Implant-supported partial dentures, which replace multiple teeth on the same side;
- Implant-supported full-arch dentures, which replace an entire arch.
For implant-supported dentures, full or partial, you will receive around 4 dental implants interested into the jaw, and then the dental prosthetic is placed on top.
The one you will need will depend on the extent of your dental damage. If you only have 1-2 missing teeth, but the rest are generally healthy, the surgeon will recommend a singular implant. If the damage is greater, full or partial dentures might be necessary.
THE DENTAL IMPLANT PROCESS
Here is what you can expect one getting a dental implant:
- Preparation – The dentist needs to make sure you are a good candidate for dental implants, the type of implant you need, and maybe even address certain dental health issues before the surgery. This can take even a few appointments, depending on your oral health;
- Surgery – The dentist makes an incision on the site where the implant will go and inserts the metal root;
- Healing – It can take even 6 months to fully heal from dental implant surgery. During this time, you might need to see the surgeons for a follow-up, and get your measurements for the custom crown;
- The crown – Once you’ve completely healed, the abutment and crown are attached to the dental implant, and the entire process is complete. You might feel a bit sore after getting the crown because your teeth need some time to adjust. By the next day, you should not feel any more discomfort.
EXPERIENCE DENTAL IS HERE TO HELP!
If you’re wondering if you are a good candidate for dental implants, Experience Dental is at your service!
Book an appointment with Dr. Dennis Lee today to get started, or call us at (214) 385-4460 for more information.