What are Dental Implants?
If you have one or more missing teeth dental implants might be the perfect choice! Once placed and restored dental implants feel and act like natural teeth. You might forget you ever had a missing tooth. Dental implants are also very conservative treatment for replacing missing teeth since they don’t rely on the adjacent teeth for support like bridges and partials.
Single Implant Crown
A dental implant is placed in the jawbone and usually left undisturbed for a period of time to allow osseointegration (attachment to the bone). After the implant integrates, it acts as a new root for the crown that will replace your missing tooth. A crown (cap), which is made to look like a natural tooth, is attached to the implant and fills the space left in the mouth by the missing tooth.
Implant Fixed Partial Denture
Sometimes called a bridge, they replace multiple missing teeth. Using state of the art material they feel and look completely natural. Just like their single unit counterparts they are a conservative treatment modality as they do not require work on the adjacent teeth in order to support the replacement tooth.
Do you have loose ill-fitting dentures that are not comfortable? An over denture might be the perfect choice for you! Utilizing two or more implants the dentures are stabilized for added comfort, better social confidence and higher chewing efficiency. Overdentures were developed to help both partial and fully edentulous patients regain their quality of life, making uncomfortable dentures a thing of the past!
The hybrid restoration is referred to as a hybrid because it combines the advantages of a fixed replacement with those of a removable denture. A hybrid denture requires placing four or more dental implants in the jaw. Then, a specially customized set of teeth is attached to the implants. The hybrid restoration is fixed and can only be removed by a dentist.
Is a dental implant procedure painful?
After dental implant placement, patients may experience some of the following symptoms: minimal swelling on the gums and face; minimal bruising on the skin; minimal discomfort on the gum area where the implant was placed and minor bleeding. It is recommended that patients eat soft foods and refrain from heavy exercise for a few days after the procedure. Patients are always provided with Post op instructions pertinent to their procedure.
Do I need a long recovery time after implant placement?
Many people return to work following a single day of rest after dental implant placement. There is no rule that requires taking time off from work during the recovery time for dental implant placement, however avoiding overexertion for a few days helps the body recover quickly. Dentists encourage their patients to listen to their bodies and rest if necessary.
What is the longevity of a dental implant?
When properly maintained with adequate brushing and flossing, the implant itself can last a lifetime, especially if the patient receives regular dental check-ups twice a year.
Is there any special daily treatment necessary for my dental implants?
Dental implants require the same care as real teeth, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups.
After my natural teeth have been extracted, will I have temporary teeth while my dental implants are healing?
A prosthodontist, specializing in full mouth restorations, will determine if it is necessary to place a temporary prosthesis, especially if the area is visible when the patient talks or smiles during the healing process.
After the dental implant is placed, will my tooth be sensitive to hot or cold food/drinks?
Patients with dental implants should not be sensitive to hot or cold foods or beverages. A prosthodontist, with an additional three years of dental school, specializing in dental implant restorations will ensure perfectly fitted teeth.