Dental Implants

How Dental Implants Change People’s Lives

Dental implants are a foundation for attaching replacement teeth that look, feel, and bite normally. After a dental implant, someone who has lost their teeth will once again be able to eat virtually anything. Patients with dental implants can smile confidently, aware that their teeth look natural and that their normal facial contours remain the same. Basically, dental implants can return your former smile to you in all its lustrous glory, giving you the self-confidence to walk into any situation and hold your own.

A Smile That Lasts

For the millions of adults suffering from permanent tooth loss, simple pleasures like eating your favorite foods can be painful and cause further problems. Dental implants give you the opportunity to restore your blemished smile by filling in the gaps caused by missing teeth with replacements that look and feel like the real thing. It’s like turning back time to the days of your most perfect smile, only instead of being impossible, it’s actually very simple. When you come to your consultation, David Anderson, D.D.S., M.D., will examine your teeth and work with you to create a treatment plan that addresses your needs directly. As a highly trained oral and Maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Anderson has extensive experience and expertise in working with dental implants, as well as other procedures to preserve or rebuild the jawbone and treat other pathologies and afflictions of the face, mouth, and teeth.

Why You Should Replace Broken & Missing Teeth

The health of your teeth affects your entire body and overall health. When you have healthy teeth, you are also healthier. Missing teeth can have a range of negative consequences that affect the way you bite and chew, what you can eat, how you speak, and perhaps most important, your appearance. Self-consciousness over missing teeth, bridges, or dentures affects both men and women. Those who wear dentures may have a difficult time speaking if those dentures click or slip around in the wearer’s mouth. Pain, irritation, headaches are other common symptoms. People who have lost teeth may feel that this has prematurely aged them. If any of these problems sound familiar, you may be an excellent candidate for dental implants. Because they are anchored securely in your jawbone, dental implants do not slip or move around in the mouth like dentures do. Dental implants are preferable to dentures because they reduce some of the most common worries surrounding dentures, such as fitting poorly, irritating the gums, and causing other oral pain.

How Dental Implants Work

A dental implant is a small “anchor” made of titanium. It is inserted into the jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth root. After Osseointegration, when the surrounding b one has attached to the implant, a replacement tooth is secured to the top of the implant. The new tooth will look, feel and perform just like your natural teeth.

Many patients find that implant placement is easier and often more comfortable than traditional dental care. Trouble-free recovery in a day or two is normal.

The office procedure takes 30 to 60 minutes for one implant and only a couple hours for multiple implants.

Our Doctors makes a small incision in the gum tissue to reveal the bone, creates a space using special instruments, and gently inserts the titanium implant. A bone graft may be placed at this time to completely encase the implant. He closes the gum with a variety of sutures.

Healing After Surgery

Now the healing begins. The length of time varies from person to person, depending upon the quality and quantity of bone. Anywhere from 4 to 6 months. In some cases, implants may be restored immediately after they are placed. The surgeon will advise you on follow-up care and timing.

After the initial phase of healing, the surgeon places an abutment (support post that the crown fits on) or healing cap onto the implant. This allows gum tissue to mature and provides access to the implant.

After a few weeks of tissue healing you are ready for the placement of the crown by your general dentist.

Author: Creekside Oral Surgery