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WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Implants are a long-term solution for missing teeth. An implant is a screw which is placed inside your jaw bone to anchor and stabilize, just like your normal teeth. Then, something called “an abutment” is placed on the implant after the implant has healed. The abutment connects the implant to the crown, which is the part that looks like a tooth and helps you chew.

To learn more about the risks of missing teeth, go here.

ARE IMPLANTS A NEW SOLUTION?

Implants have actually been around for a long time but are now being used more and more as a viable and reliable solution for teeth replacement.

In 1952, a Swedish orthopedic surgeon, Ingvar Brånemark, invented the first dental implant and spent the rest of his career perfecting them. In 1982 in Toronto, they were presented to the mass dental community for the first time. Since then, the technology has made leaps and bounds.

Implants are a terrific option for those who want to improve their smile, regain their self-esteem, and create the smile they have always desired.

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WHY SHOULD I GET A DENTAL IMPLANT?

Is your smile missing a tooth be means of a gap? Does that stop you from smiling in front of others? Do you have a tooth missing towards the back of your mouth, or multiple teeth, which has stopped you from chewing effectively and being able to eat the food you love? Do you wish you could have the smile you desire? Are you tired of dentures that fall out of your mouth or are not stable?

If any of the above questions apply to you, you may be a great candidate for dental implants. If you have questions, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Jyothi to learn more and ask the questions you have.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?

We can take a special image using “cone beam technology” to see where your important anatomy is. We need to see how much healthy bone you have, how close your sinus or nerves are to the missing tooth site, and much more. Cone beam helps your surgeon see just that. Once we have this information, we will be able to discuss how good of a candidate you are for your dental implants.

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WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF GETTING A DENTAL IMPLANT?

Once the cone beam imaging is done to measure your bone and anatomy, your dentist will sit down with you and discuss the process. The first procedure will be the removal of the tooth that cannot be saved (if you have one there that needs to be removed). Depending on the case, sometimes we can do what is called same-day placement, meaning the implant is placed in the same hole left by the tooth which is taken out. If not, we may do a bone grafting procedure which helps the hole fill up and keep the bone levels close to optimal. After the bone or implant is placed, you must allow the bone to heal. Once the healing is complete, finally your dentist can “restore” the implant, which means we put a tooth on it.

ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS WORTH THE COST?

Dental implants can be expensive, but they are an investment in your oral health. Dental implants are a stable and reliable way to replace teeth, to help restore your bite, and to give you the smile you have always desired.

Implant failures are very rare; in a healthy, ideal patient, less than 5% fail. They work just like your teeth do, look just as esthetic, and usually last just as long if they are taken care of. Implants do not have tooth structure on them so they cannot get cavities. They are an investment in longevity and in health. They are the most ideal solution dentistry can offer for a missing tooth or teeth.

HOW DO I CARE FOR MY DENTAL IMPLANT?

Even though an implant cannot get a cavity on it, it can get periimplantitis, an infection or inflammation causing the bone to degrade around the implant. You should brush your implant with the rest of your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. You should also floss all your implants, just like your other teeth. It is also important to see your dentist regularly for a cleaning, checkup, and oral cancer screening. How often should you be seen? Our office personalizes the recall frequency to optimize your oral health. 

WHAT ARE MY ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS?

Some non-implant alternatives are bridges, removable partial or complete dentures. There are pros and cons to each choice which you can read more about on our bridge page. But if you have questions and would like to explore what the best option is for you, the easiest way is for you to schedule a free consultation appointment.

Have Questions?

Looking for a family Parker dentist that has the experience you want with the care and compassion you deserve, look no further than Smile Always. Our staff will create an individualized treatment plan to help you achieve optimal oral health. Whether it’s a routine checkup or an emergency visit, we are here to serve you. Our state-of-the-art office has the highest-quality equipment to provide the best family dentistry services possible. Contact us today for an appointment and create the change you’ve always desired. Simply call or text at our direct line or fill out this form to have our office reach out with options.

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