Your smile is one of the first things that other people notice about you. If it’s less than desirable, your smile may be a source of anxiety. Let’s be honest: If you are missing teeth, you are probably pretty self-conscious when it comes to showing off your smile. When you do show off your smile, you may feel worried that people are staring at you or making fun of you behind your back.
If you are missing teeth, take comfort in knowing that there is a solution to your problem, and it doesn’t involve painful, hard to care for dentures that are often an even bigger source of embarrassment. What’s the solution? – Dental implants.
Dental implants are a permanent solution to replace missing teeth. These artificial tooth roots that are surgically attached to the jawbone, and once they are in place, the jaw heals around them, making the artificial roots a permanent part of the mouth. Bridges or artificial teeth are then placed in the implants, which serve as a sturdy and secure foundation for the replacement teeth and fill in the spots where there once holes with bright, shiny teeth, and a smile that you will be proud to show off.
If you think that dental implant surgery is an option that you want to consider, you are probably wondering what to expect during the process. It’s a relatively routine procedure, and knowing what to expect and how to prepare will allow for greater success.
The Process of Dental Implants
Once you decide that you are interested in dental implants, discuss the options with your dentist, who can recommend a cosmetic dentist that specializes in the procedure to you. The cosmetic will assess your mouth and gums to determine if you are, indeed, a good candidate for surgery. If it is found that your jaw isn’t healthy enough to have implants installed, your dentist may recommend that you see a periodontist. A periodontist will be able to treat your gums and prepare them for dental implants. Once your gums are prepared, the process of having implant surgery can begin.
Prior to surgery, your cosmetic dentist will offer you local or general anesthesia to control any pain. Talk to your dentist to discuss your fears and your pain tolerance to determine which option is best for you.
The first part of the surgery involves removing the damaged tooth and its root, or the root that remains from a missing tooth. The jaw is then prepared for surgery, which may involve bone grafting. Once your jaw heals, a metal post (a dental implant,) will be placed into your jaw.
After the implant is set in place, it will have to heal. The healing process for a dental implant usually takes a few months. As the bone heals, it grows around the implant, making it a permanent part of the jaw. Once the implant has healed completely into place, your dentist will install an abutment – a structure that will secure an artificial tooth to the implant. It can take around a week or so for an abutment to full set into place. When the abutment is secure, your dentist brewster will make impressions of your mouth, which will be used to create the artificial tooth, or the crown. There are two main types of artificial teeth:
- An implant prosthesis that is removable. The benefit to this is that it can be removed for thorough cleaning.
- A fixed implant prosthesis, which is cemented or screwed to the implant. The advantage of this is that it offers total security and there is no reason to worry about the false tooth falling out.
After surgery, you can expect to experience some degree of pain. Your dentist east fishkill will provide you with medications that will help ease the pain. The application of hot and cold will also help to minimize the pain. Within a few weeks, the pain will subside. Despite any pain that you may feel, the permanent replacement teeth and an improved smile are well worth it. Imagine what it will be like to show off a beautiful smile, to eat foods that you haven’t been able to enjoy, and to regain your confidence!
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, please contact our office today. We specialize implants and would love to help you determine if they are the right option for you.