If you are missing one or more teeth and wish to eat your favorite foods, increase your chewing ability, and improve your appearance, speech, and self-esteem, then you are a candidate for dental implants. A dental implant replacesthe root of a missing tooth and is made from surgical-grade titanium alloy (Ti 6Al-4V ELI) to exacting specifications. Initially, the implant is placed into the jawbone either immediately after the loss of a tooth, or after an extended period of time. If there is insufficient bone, various bone enhancing procedures can be performed prior to the implant placement. An abutment, which acts as a base for a prosthetic tooth replacement such as acrown, is inserted into the implant at the time of implant placement, or subsequently after a period of healing.
For many people, implant dentistry can be used to replace one or more teeth in a secure, comfortable way. A great alternative to traditional dentures, implants look and feel more natural, don’t sacrifice the integrity of your surrounding teeth, last for years, and allow you to speak and eat with more confidence. In the unfortunate event of tooth loss or a tooth that must be extracted, you now have the opportunity to replace that tooth with an implant. Dental implants are placed in the jaws in replace of the missing tooth root. It then heals for four months before the porcelain crown is placed on top. In many cases the crown can be placed the same day the implant is placed into the jaw. Missing single or even multiple teeth can be replaced by dental implants.
Dental Implants Look Good
They are recommended not just because they look good but there are other implications. When some are missing, remaining teeth have a tendency to gradually shift their position. In the long term, this can lead to disfiguration and if any are missing this can also have a serious impact on the bite of the person. By going with dental implants, there is even distribution of pressure when the person bites and chews. So, if you’re one of those people who are embarrassed with spaces or someone who faces difficulty in chewing, implants will take away every concern you have.
How Are Implants Placed?
Most often there are two separate phases of dental implant treatment. The 1st phase is the actual placement of the dental implant, the artificial tooth root. Dental Implants are routinely placed under local anesthesia, the same type of anesthesia that you would receive for a filling for other routine dental work. Here at Victorian Dental, we also offer several different sedation options which can help you relax during the appointment if needed. Following a healing period ranging from 2 to 6 months, the 2nd phase of the implant treatment is completed where the Dr. Rae attaches the crown or artificial tooth itself to the implant.
How Long is the Implant Procedure?
The actual implant placement procedure is generally accomplished in less than an hour and when necessary, a temporary tooth or denture can most often be placed at the same time. However, it can take a significant amount of time; several months up to a year, for the bone to heal and bond to the implant before the permanent tooth can be attached.
Is Dental Implant Placement Painful?
Dental implants are placed with local anesthesia and once the area is numb you will not feel any pain during the procedure. Postoperatively, the area may be a little sore for a few days. Many times regular over the counter pain relievers will be all that is needed. You should be ready to return back to work and resume your normal activities within a day or so. Keep in mind our bone is not innervated like soft tissue so less nerves are involved.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
With proper home care and regular professional cleanings, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime!
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