Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to act like your natural teeth. Dental implants have grown in popularity in the recent few years and it really is easy to see why. Missing teeth restored with dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth. You brush, floss and visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings, same as you would to care for a natural tooth.
A lot of people have heard and read a lot of things about dental implants but dread trying to get them because they essentially have no idea of what to expect during a dental implants surgery. This is why we have taken time out to highlight the entire process and what to expect.
Implants are ideally artificial roots that provide stable support for an artificial prosthesis which looks and functions like a normal tooth. The prosthesis which can either be a denture or a bridge is mounted on top of the screwed ‘root’ replicating a complete tooth.
To understand how the implants work, it is important to look at the step by step guide on the dental implants surgery. Here is typically what you expect during a dental implants surgery and its impact on the overall working of the implants;
- The first step in the dental implant process is the development of an individualized treatment plan– The plan addresses your specific needs and is prepared by a team of professionals who are specially trained and experienced in oral surgery and restorative dentistry
- The dental implant– This is usually a cylindrical and/or tapered post made of titanium, is placed surgically into the jawbone of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, anchoring it securely in the jaw. The healing process can take from 6 to 12 weeks.
- Recovery Process– Once the implant has Osseo integrated(or fused) with, your natural jawbone, a small connector post — called an abutment — is attached to the post to securely hold the new tooth. To make the new tooth or teeth, your dentist makes impressions of your teeth, and creates a model of your bite (which captures all of your teeth, their type, and arrangement). The new tooth or teeth is based on this model. A replacement tooth, called a crown, is then attached to the abutment.
- Support- An individual tooth, an implant-supported bridge or dentures containing multiple teeth are then attached to the abutment, or concurrently, Instead of one or more individual crowns, some patients may have attachments placed on the implant that retain and support a removable denture.
- Duplicability- Your dentist also will make the implant a dead ringer in terms of the color of the new teeth to your natural teeth. Because the implant is secured within the jawbone, the replacement teeth look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth.
- Pain and Discomfort- Most people who have received dental implants say that there is very little discomfort involved in the procedure. Local anesthesia can be used during the procedure, and most patients report that implants involve less pain than a tooth removal.
- Medication- After the dental implant, mild soreness can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications, such as Tylenol (Acetaminophen) or Motrin (Ibuprofen), which are painkillers which assist relieve dental pain, fever, headaches or migraines if they arise after the procedure.
- Success Rate- Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98% which are great odds considering they will last for a long time.
- Acceptability for the Procedure- Can anyone get an implant? You may ask? In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. But here are some of the few but important requirements;
- Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant.
- They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
- Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders — such as diabetes or heart disease — or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis.
If you are considering implants, talk to your Family dentist care to see if they are right for you according to your need. If you are in Houston and are looking for the best dental office for dental implants, then look no further than Vita Dental Katy. We offer high quality dental implants and surgery at affordable rates and would gladly welcome you to be in receipt of our services. Give us a call today and we will provide more information on our dental services.