Are Dental Implants for Me?
You’re here because you’re wondering what implants are and whether they’re right for you. Implants have been around for several decades, and the continuing advancements in implant dentistry have made them a great option for many patients. Studies conducted on long-term prognosis of implants have shown them to be reliable and long-lasting prosthetic options that will serve you for many years to come!
If you’ve been asking your friends and family, implants probably sound scary and painful. The thought of a metal screw being placed inside your bone would make anyone hesitate. However, this couldn’t be farther from the truth! Read on to learn more.
- Dental implants are a permanent solution for tooth loss and can last you the rest of your life
- Custom crowns are matched for size, shape, and color to fit in seamlessly with your natural teeth
- There’s no removable devices to deal with or special care required —just brush and floss as you normally would
Dental implants can cause some discomfort during initial placement, but hurt a lot less than one would imagine. The bone where implants are placed do not have any pain receptors, so people don’t experience any pain from implant placement. In fact, any discomfort after the procedure actually comes from the healing of the gum tissues. There may be some initial inflammation once the implants are placed, but most symptoms go away within a week.
- Dental implants are composed of 3 main parts: the implant, abutment, and crown. The implant is the screw-looking portion that is placed inside the bone. The abutment attaches directly to the implant, and is the part that the implant crown attaches to. Finally, the crown is cemented or screwed onto the abutment.
- Implants are placed in mature bone for a period of time to allow the bone attach to the surface of the implant, a process known as “osseointegration.” This period is approximately 3-4 months, but can vary depending on the quality of the bone and the patient’s ability to heal. Once the implant has enough stability, the abutment and crown are attached to the implant
During your initial visit, we must first assess to see whether implants are an appropriate option for you. To be a good candidate for dental implants, a patient needs to have enough jawbone and healthy gum to support the fixture. A 3D x-ray will be taken to evaluate both the depth and width of the bone. If you don’t have enough support for an implant, you’re not out of luck: grafting or other procedures can be performed to provide more space for the implant.
A review of your medical history must also be performed to ensure that there are no contraindications for implant placement. If you happen to take bisphosphonates or are medically compromised, extra consideration is required when discussing implants as a viable treatment option. Feel free to call or visit to find out more.