Published on October 22, 2014, Updated on June 15, 2019
Reasons to Consider Dental Implants
Our smiles are such an important part of our day to day life. When we don’t feel good about our teeth it can impact so many aspects of our lives. Luckily we don’t have to live in hiding. We do have options that can improve our lives greatly.
Reasons to get Teeth Implants:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Teeth grinding
- Root Canal Failure
- Missing teeth
These are a few of the things which make us feel embarrassed and keep us from living our lives to their fullest. Dental implants can fix all of these oral issues and more.
The Dental Implant Procedure
If you have a tooth or several teeth missing, you’ll find dental implants is the best option to get your smile back. It may sound like a scary procedure but it’s actually quite simple and the results are amazingly real looking. Although simple it does require healing which will involve stages and can take several procedures. Our Riverside dentist can help.
Step 1: The first phase of surgery will typically involve an incision in your gums where the implant which is is typically metal like posts go and expose the bone. The implant will be screwed in. Your gums are stitched up covering the bone and healing will begin.
Step 2: The next phase is all about getting you the perfect crown. They’ll want to get good impressions of your teeth in order to do so. This entire process make take a few appointments. It will depend on the person.
Step 3: Once they have the crown ready it will be placed in the appropriate spot. The prosthetic has the option to be secured or removable. In order for it to be removable there is an adapter placed in the implant which allows for them to still be secured together.
Dental Implants procedure
Dental Implants – Frequently Asked Questions
Dental implants are designed to last for a very long time. If the implant is successful, then it should last as long as normal teeth do. Because implants are fairly new, we do not currently know exactly how long the implants might last.
One of the first patients to receive an implant lived forty years without having to fix the implant.
The Dental implant process takes between six to eight months with multiple trips to the dentist. All of those trips are outpatient visits that are fairly quick.
Once it is time to put the dental implant in place there are many things your dentist will look at to determine exactly what your dental crown will look like. The crown will blend in with your current teeth- so that the size, coloring and the fit match up.
The placement is done by making precise holes in the gum bones so prosthetic fits in perfectly. Once the implant is inserted, an abutment is placed on the implant.
The gum tissue will then be closed around the implant.
Every procedure is different for every person. When it comes to the case of needing implants for over denture you will likely need two to four implants to stabilize a denture.
A fixed implant bridge could require as little as six implants. Four is the ideal number of implants for the support of a removable over-denture.
This is a very fair question. Dental implants are designed to be more long lasting and more durable. In short, a dental implant is a lot closer to being a replacement for your tooth than a bridge is. A bridge is only as strong as the teeth beside the crown. Any issues with the adjacent teeth will require the bridge to be addressed as well.
Dental implants simulate the experience of having a real tooth. A titanium screw simulates the roots of your teeth. Dental implants are well crafted and have a strong root system thus they will last longer.
Dental implants are actually fairly comfortable by dental surgery standards. The pain you might experience from dental implants can easily be controlled with painkillers and the pain will eventually go away.
While you may associate dental surgery with older people dental implants are an option for anyone that has permanent teeth. If you need a tooth to be replaced, then a dental implant is an excellent idea regardless of your age.
Bone grafting for dental implants is usually minimally invasive and can be done in a normal office setting. In the past bone grafting required the patient’s bone, but now dentists are often using bones harvested from animals. The dentists use an important process that is called “guided tissue regeneration”.
This process fools your body into believing that the implant is actual bone. Overtime your body will recognize the bone graft as natural bone and start to replace it with natural bone.
Bone grafting used to be a long and painful process, but new techniques and technology have made the process a lot less painful.
For information on the cost for Dental Implants, call us at our office: (951) 276-2222.
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