A dental implant is basically a new root which we can then build teeth on. We can attach new crowns or even dentures and partials to them. They cannot get tooth decay but do require cleaning and maintenance like real teeth.
There is often a concern that pain will be associated with the implant process. However, one of the most amazing things about implants is that the body actually accepts the implant as if it belongs. This means that the pain response isn’t nearly as bad as you might assume. Most patients report less pain than when having a tooth extracted.
If you are a candidate (determined by a consult and special radiography), the process is usually done in two steps.
Step 1: Placement – easier than having a tooth removed and virtually no pain by the second day. Most patients will take some medication like Advil but it is short lived. Our team will explain in detail all the steps so you feel comfortable. If your case is complex will also work with local specialists to help get you the care you require.
Step 2: Restoration – this can occur anywhere from 4 to 6 months after step 1, depending on the degree of complexity. Now the bone has healed around the new roots so they are ready to be used for function and esthetics.
Special parts are attached to the roots depending on the type of restoration you require. This can also cause changes in price.
Dental implants preserve your jawbone and facial structure
Dental implants transmit chewing forces to the jawbone, which helps to maintain a healthy jaw and therefore preserve your facial structure.
Dental implants help your smile and self-confidence
A dental implant solution looks and feels like your natural teeth – there is simply no visible difference. You can feel more comfortable talking, smiling, eating and kissing too.
Dental implants help function
Dental implants are anchored as secure as a natural tooth in the bone. Together with the prosthetic part you can bite and chew naturally again and eat the food you like.
When a tooth is lost and not replaced, the bone that was supporting the tooth no longer has a reason to be there, so it will begin to erode away. This can cause bone loss around the surrounding teeth, and can lead to damaging and losing surrounding teeth, which may ultimately lead to the eventual loss of other teeth. Although dental implant procedures involve multiple steps, replacing just one missing tooth can not only sometimes be done in one day, it can help save the other, currently unaffected teeth from future damage. TeethToday dental implants are designed to shorten the time needed for restortation.
Today’s techniques are being continually improved to reduce discomfort and enhance recovery. Experts are trained to provide the best care and the most innovative techniques to insert implants.
Implants are usually inserted under local anesthesia to avoid discomfort during treatment. In order to provide the fastest and best recovery, it is important to follow the recommendations of your dentist. No matter your fears, there is an array of successful techniques to prevent or alleviate pain. Do not hesitate to talk to your dentist.
For young patients it is possible to insert implants as soon as your jaw has stopped growing. At the other end of the spectrum, there is no age limit, given of course that you don’t display any significant medical risk factors and are a suitable candidate for implant treatment.
As always, oral hygiene is very important to the health of your teeth. This is even more true after you have an implant. Diligent oral hygiene helps to ensure the healthiest and fastest recovery. You should care for your teeth on a daily basis and follow the recommendations of your dentist. And you will have to regularly visit your dentist for checkups on your implants.