In most cases, anyone who is healthy enough to undergo a routine tooth extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients must have healthy gums and enough bone to support the implant. They must also commit to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people with uncontrolled chronic diseases – such as diabetes or heart disease – or patients undergoing head/neck radiation therapy should be assessed individually. If you are considering implants, talk to your dentist to see if they are right for you.
What is involved in getting a dental implant?
The first step in the dental implantation process is the development of an individual treatment plan. The plan addresses your specific needs and is prepared by a team of professionals specially trained and experienced in oral surgery and restorative dentistry. This team approach provides coordinated care based on the implant option that works best for you. Next, a dental root implant, which is a small post made of titanium, is placed in the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jaw heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, anchoring it firmly to the jaw. The healing process can take six to 12 weeks. Insert property override Once the implant is attached to the jaw, a small connecting pin – called an abutment – is attached to the post to securely hold the new tooth. To make a new tooth or teeth, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and create a model of your bite (which includes all your teeth, their type, and arrangement). The new tooth or teeth are based on this model. A replacement tooth, called a crown, is then attached to the abutment. Instead of one or more individual crowns, some patients may have abutments implanted to hold and support a removable prosthesis. Your dentist will also match the color of the new teeth to your natural teeth. Because the implant is secured in the jaw, the replacement tooth will look, feel and function just like your own natural teeth.
How painful are dental implants?
Most people who get dental implants say that there is very little discomfort associated with the procedure. Local anesthesia can be used during the procedure, and most patients report that implants are less painful than tooth extractions.
How do I care for dental implants?
Dental implants require the same care as real teeth, including brushing, flossing, rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash, and regular dental checkups.
At Cary Family Dental in Cary, NC we offer dental implants. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Allan Acton today.
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