Dental implants are small titanium posts that are used to replace missing teeth. The posts are surgically implanted into the jawbone where the tooth is missing. Once in place, the posts form a secure base for the replacement teeth. Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, several missing teeth, or an entire upper or lower arch of teeth.
Advantages of dental implants
- Dental implants are permanently in place, unlike bridges and dentures, which can be susceptible to shifting and falling out.
- Dental implants function like natural teeth, allowing you to chew, smile, and talk without feeling self-conscious.
- Implants are more comfortable and affordable than bridges and dentures.
- They last for many years without any hassle, provided you care for them well.
- Since implants are placed directly in the jawbone, they hold the jawbone intact and prevent deterioration.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
You’re a candidate for dental implants if you have missing or damaged teeth. Implants can be used to replace one tooth or multiple teeth or to support full dentures and bridges. Dental implants are the strongest, most durable tooth replacement option available. They look and function like natural teeth, and they provide stimulation to the jawbone to help prevent bone deterioration. One important factor necessary before getting dental implants is optimum jawbone volume, as it helps to hold the implant stud firm and prevents it from getting dislodged. Also, patients need to be in a good state of overall health and oral health.
What happens during the dental implant procedure?
First, your dentist will numb the area where the dental implant will be placed. Your dentist will make sure the gums are healthy before proceeding. If your jawbone is weak or unhealthy, your dentist may recommend bone grafting beforehand. During the procedure, your dentist will need to make a small incision in the gums. Then, they will carefully place the implant in the jawbone. If necessary, your dentist will also place a few stitches, which will be removed in the following days. The healing time typically takes one to two weeks. During this time, you’ll work with a dental professional to ensure that your implant is completely healed.
Once your implant is completely healed, the dentist will attach a crown or bridge to the abutment. It’s important to continue brushing and flossing your replacement teeth daily. Regular checkups are also necessary to ensure that your implant is functioning properly. Contact your dental professional immediately if you experience any signs of infection or implant failure.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
The short answer is no. Setting aside the common misconception that any dental procedure is painful, dental implant surgery itself is actually a quick, simple procedure. During the surgery, the oral surgeon will surgically place the implant into the bone of the jaw, then cover it with a protective cap while it heals. Most patients report only mild discomfort in the days following their surgery, and over-the-counter pain relievers are enough to ease any pain.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Farmington Family Dental, call (573) 756-5760 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 807 East Karsch Blvd, Farmington, Missouri, 63640, US.