If you are looking for a way to replace a missing tooth that is most similar to your natural one, an implant may be the solution you are looking for. Dental implants are small, sturdy, titanium posts, that act as the root structure would for a natural tooth. A dental implant is placed into your upper or lower jaw bone. After the bone has grown around the implant, implants can hold a crown, bridge or over-denture just like roots hold natural teeth in place. Implants are very durable and can last a lifetime. This solution both looks and functions just like a natural tooth. They require the same maintenance as natural teeth; this includes brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups.
A single tooth or a full arch of teeth which have been lost due to injury or disease can be replaced with dental implants. Titanium metal is used because of its compatibility with bone and oral tissues. Implants are a wonderful alternative to dentures and can serve as anchors for bridges. Imagine a confident, natural looking smile that could be yours. To find out if an implant would be a suitable option for you, contact our office to arrange for an evaluation.
The success rate of dental implants is extremely high. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement. As you know, your own teeth require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. After treatment, Dr. Judy will work closely with you and his hygienists to develop the best plan for you. Periodic follow-up or re-care visits will be scheduled to monitor your implants, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.
FAQ’s about Dental Implants
Are there any medical conditions that might stop me from being a dental implant candidate?
Blood disorders, bone marrow cancer, chemotherapy or radiation therapy, parathyroid disorders, rare bone disorders or uncontrolled diabetes may prevent you from being a good candidate. Additionally, if you have poor quality or insufficient bone, nerve bundles or low sinuses, these may also factor into the final decision. If you are not sure that you are a candidate for dental implants make an appointment for an evaluation today.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
To eliminate discomfort during placement of the dental implants, local anesthetic is used during surgery. Any pain or discomfort after surgery can be controlled with pain medication. It is our goal to make your dental implant surgery safe and successful, and this includes controlling pain.
Do I need to have my dental implants checked often?
You should continue to brush and floss daily in addition to being professionally cleaned by a hygienist and examined by your implant dentist every three months. Be sure your hygienist is trained in the specialized procedures of maintaining dental implants.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
The benefits of choosing a dental implant include immediately functioning teeth, excellent esthetic results, and a life-long, stable solution.
What does the treatment consist of?
This procedure normally includes four visits to the dentist. You should expect to be able to work the day after having the implant placed.