At Alondra Dental Care, our team can restore your beautiful smile with dental implants. Keep reading to learn more about the dental implant procedure.
Implants in dentistry are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. It’s not at all an overstatement to say that dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life.
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. The implants are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, these implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history consultation at our office. During these consultation visits, your specific dentistry needs and special considerations will be addressed by one of our dentists or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon referred by our practice. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, dental implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the dental implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase of the dental implants procedure begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. One of our doctors can then start making your new teeth, by first taking an impression. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Implants require a strong foundation in candidates. The jaw needs adequate bone to support an implant, and gum tissue needs to be healthy. Health is more of a factor than age in determining candidacy. If you have decent general and oral health, you should be approved unless there are special circumstances, but you will need the go-ahead from a dentist before undergoing the procedure to get implants.
How do you care for dental implants?
Just as implants are designed to blend in with your other teeth, you care for them similarly to natural teeth, with regular flossing and brushing and frequent visits to the dentist. Your dentist may recommend a special low-abrasion toothpaste for you to use or suggest specific care strategies after your procedure.
How long do dental implants last?
Implants are designed to last, and, assuming proper maintenance, should last a lifetime.
Do dental implants feel natural?
After the natural initial adjustment period, your implants should feel natural. If you have any irregularities, contact your dentist.
Dentistry often isn’t people’s favorite subject, yet it can be a potential gold mine in terms of the confidence you can gain when it’s done right. Alondra Dental Care is here to help you get in control of your oral health with restorative dentistry that works. If you’re ready to get started, let us know and we’ll help you with implants or any other services that will give you the smile you deserve.
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