"I'm Missing A Tooth. Do I Need A Dental Implant?"
For many years the leading edge in prosthetic tooth replacement was the denture. While still a popular choice, advances in dental implants have made them the choice for those patients that can receive them. Dental implants have the benefit of being able to be permanently affixed in place, restoring natural-appearing beauty and function to your teeth that can’t be beaten with traditional dentures. If you’ve experienced the loss of one or more of your teeth, it may be time to consider rebuilding your smile with dental implants. Straumann dental implants are respected as one of the best prosthetic dental technologies in the world today.
How Implants Can Help You
Replacing missing or cracked teeth with implants is a great long-term investment. They function like your normal teeth and are extremely durable- you can continue on with regular eating and day-to-day activities without worrying about damaging your teeth.
Because implants are designed to look like your natural teeth, you won’t even be able to tell a difference, especially at the hands of our experienced dentists at Dunwin Dental. Their design makes them an excellent choice for these replacements as new crowns can be created later in the event that more teeth are lost.
The Dental Implant Process and What to Expect
Your First Appointment
- Our dentists will examine your teeth and discuss options. We will look at a number of factors like teeth placement, infection, and decay.
- We will take X-rays and before photographs of your teeth. This helps us when we create your implant in our dental lab.
- We will go over any questions and concerns you may have regarding the implant procedure.
Your Second Appointment
- After a local anesthetic, we will place a temporary implant prosthetic into the jawbone through a small incision where your missing teeth is.
- This step is important for the healing process, so you will be wearing the implant prosthetic for about 3-6 months and come back in for the permanent implant replacement.
Your Third Appointment
- We will evaluate your socket, take impressions, and send them to the lab to create the final dental restoration implant.
- We will check for the proper fit, function, and aesthetic. Discuss with your dentist any concerns you may have at this point.
Your Final Appointment
- We first want to evaluate if your mouth is adjusting to the new implant, and then replace it with the final implant.
Dental Implant After Care
- Schedule regular dentist exams (every 6 months)
- Proper dental hygiene
- Yearly dental X-ray to ensure implant health