Do I Need Dental Implants?
For many, missing teeth or loose dentures can present a problem. Missing teeth or loose dentures may affect your speech or your ability to chew properly. When teeth are missing, it can put additional stress on your remaining teeth and can lead to damage, including fractures or further tooth loss.
If a missing tooth is not replaced, the surrounding teeth can shift. This could lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease in the hard-to-reach places created by shifting teeth where plaque and tartar can collect.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Most healthy adults are eligible for dental implants. If you are in good general health, with healthy gums and a bone that can support an implant, then implants may be an option for you.
When you visit our office, we will ask questions about your general health history to determine if dental implants are right for you.
How Are Dental Implants Placed?
The placement of implants is a three-step process. The first step involves surgically placing the implant into the bone. A screw is then placed to cover the implant opening.
The gum is secured over the implant for the implant to fuse with the bone for three to six months. This process is called osseointegration. Some swelling and tenderness is expected after this procedure, but pain medications can help the discomfort. A diet of soft, cold foods is recommended for a few days.
For the second step, the implant under the gum is uncovered and a healing collar is attached. The gum is then allowed to heal around it. The implant and post are the foundation for the new tooth.
The final step will be the making of a custom artificial tooth or dental crown. Once the tooth is customized, the crown is attached to the implant post.
For more information about dental implants or to schedule an appointment, please call our practice today.