What are dental implants?
While tooth loss is something that affects many Americans, it still is one of the most common reasons that people come to us looking for a solution to cover up this embarrassing issue. Common solutions to tooth loss include removable prosthetics like dentures. However, these solutions require additional care beyond your routine oral hygiene regimen.
For patients seeking a permanent solution to tooth loss, we recommend dental implants. These can be used to replace everything from a single tooth to an entire mouthful of teeth.
How do dental implants work?
Because implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss, the procedure to getting them occurs over several months. And while this might seem like a long time, the results are well worth the effort and time time.
Prior to being cleared for surgery, you’ll come in for a consultation with Dr. Planes. During this exam he will take x-rays, look for any issues that might impact healing or the surgery procedure, and take impressions so that he has a 3D model of your mouth.
Once you’re deemed a candidate for surgery, you’ll be put under general anesthesia. Once under, Dr. Planes will remove any infected bone or dying teeth. He will then use a bone graft to create a more solid foundation (if necessary) and implant the metal rod.
Over the course of several visits you we work to get your mouth into good shape and ready for permanent crowns. Once you’re ready for the permanent crowns you’ll come in and they will be affixed to the rods in your jaw. After these have been set your mouth will now work just like it did when you had your natural teeth.
What are dental implants like?
While the process for getting dental implants is lengthy, the result is an attractive smile that is cared for like your natural teeth. No worrying about dentures slipping out or impacting how you talk.
How do I care for implants?
The best thing about dental implants is that they are low maintenance. You simply care for them like your natural teeth. Brush twice a day, floss once a day, and get in for regular cleanings so that Dr. Planes can gauge the health of your mouth over time.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
If you’re in good overall health and don’t have any existing infections, you’re likely a great candidate for implants. Give us a call to schedule a consultation and learn more about the implant procedure and whether you’re a candidate.