There are many unique benefits to getting dental implants. They are long-lasting, very durable, help you keep your bone density strong, and can even help you look younger just by having them! If you're considering dental implants, it's important to consult with us here at Cooley Smiles to discuss your options and ensure that the procedure is right for you.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a pre-made, artificial tooth root that we place into your jaw that holds a replacement tooth or bridge. In many instances, dental implants are great options for people who have lost a single tooth or many teeth because of periodontal disease, injuries, or some other similar reason.
The first step in the dental implant process is to come in for a consultation to see if you are a candidate for dental implants. Once we determine that you are a good candidate for the procedure, we will connect you with our oral surgeon.
Our oral surgeon will evaluate your mouth and take x-rays and impressions of your teeth. Our oral surgeon will also determine where the implant should be placed and how many implants will be needed.
Once the placement of the dental implants has been determined, the next step is surgery. Our oral surgeon will make incisions in your gums and place the implants into your jawbone. The incisions are then closed with stitches.
After surgery, it is important to care for your dental implants properly in order to ensure their success. You will need to brush and floss regularly and come in and see us for regular checkups.
The Procedure for Dental Implants
Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth. The process usually involves four steps: extraction, healing, implanting abutments, and placing implants.
|•||Tooth Extraction: The first step is to extract the damaged or decayed tooth. This is done during a visit to our office. We can remove a single tooth or all of your teeth, depending on their condition. Implants can be placed in a single spot or fill your whole mouth, so they are a great option for people in both situations.
|•||Healing: Once the tooth is extracted, the area will need to heal. This usually takes a few weeks. During this time, you may be given a temporary dental prosthetic to wear. We usually decide this based on the location of the tooth that was extracted. If you had a lot of teeth extracted, having something to chew with during healing helps.
|•||Implanting Abutments: After the area has healed, we will place small metal posts called abutments into your jawbone. These abutments will serve as anchors for your new dental implants. Once they are placed, we will put a temporary tooth on it to cover it while it heals.
|•||Placing Implants: Once the abutments are in place, we will place the dental implants on top of the abutments. This final step can be done in one visit or may require multiple visits, depending on your individual situation. We take this step very seriously so that you get the best fit possible.|
The Benefits of Dental Implants
When it comes to dental implants, there are a number of benefits that make them an attractive option for many people. First and foremost, they are a very effective way to replace missing teeth. Unlike dentures or bridges, which can slip or become loose over time, dental implants are securely anchored in place. This means that you can eat and speak with confidence, knowing that your teeth are not going anywhere.
Additionally, dental implants can help to preserve the health of your remaining natural teeth by taking on the force of chewing and biting. This can help to prevent tooth decay and other problems associated with having gaps in your teeth.
Another great benefit of dental implants is that they can help to improve your appearance. Because they look and function just like natural teeth, they can give you a more youthful and attractive smile.
Finally, dental implants are a very durable solution for missing teeth, with many implants lasting for decades with proper care. Our dental implants have been lifelong solutions for many of our patients.
The Risks of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth. However, as with any medical procedure, there are risks involved. The most common complications associated with dental implants include damage to adjacent teeth and implant failure.
Damage to adjacent teeth is a common complication. When the implant is placed in the jawbone, it can damage nearby teeth or roots. This occasionally leads to a patient needing a root canal treatment.
Implant failure occurs when the implant does not fuse properly with the jawbone. In most instances, this can be avoided by simply keeping the area clean during the healing process. We recommend that you brush and floss as normal, being very gentle in the area where your dental implants are healing. With proper care, most dental implant risks are avoidable.
Reach Out to Us to Find Out More About Dental Implants
If you're considering dental implants, it's important to know the procedure so that you can make an informed decision. The first step is to consult with us here at Cooley Smiles to see if you're a good candidate for implants. If you are, the next step is to have a thorough exam and x-rays to determine the best placement for your implant. Once that's determined, the implant will be placed in your jawbone and allowed to heal for several weeks or months. After that, you'll return to have your implant fitted with a tooth-colored crown, and then you will have a new, beautiful smile. To find out more, call us here at (425) 249-3509 to set up your consultation!