Many dental procedures are used to help replace missing teeth or protect the natural ones you have left. Dental implants are just one way that dentists can fill in missing spots in your teeth and help save your oral health from deteriorating. Having implants can help strengthen your jawbone as well as help cosmetically to ensure you have a full set of teeth.
Dental implants can be used for a single tooth or multiple teeth. They replace the lost tooth and the root of that tooth that is connected to your jawbone. The implants, when done correctly, can help you still enjoy your favorite foods, talk normally, and keep your facial structure intact.
Sunset Dental offers dental implants because we know that having a smile you love is important. Your smile contributes to your confidence and healthy teeth help you to have a better quality of life. Our dental team wants to do all in our power to help you have quality oral health.
How Dental Implants Are Installed?
Understanding the process of implants from beginning to end will help patients determine if the procedure is the right choice for them. It can also help alleviate some anxiety around having dental surgery that does require some recovery time. Below are the steps taken when installing dental implants.
Anesthesia: Keeping patients comfortable during a dental procedure can help the process go smoothly. An anesthetic is usually given to patients who have a dental implant installed to help limit the pain and shorten the time it takes to perform the procedure.
Incision: Your dentist will then make an incision along your gum line where the implant is to be installed. The gum tissue will be cut with precision to ensure that patients don’t have unnecessary scar tissue.
Bone Preparation: To ensure the implant is secure, a hole is drilled into your jawbone. The depth and angle of the hole will depend on the patient and how the implant needs to be stabilized.
Placing The Implant: Once the hole is ready, the implant is “screwed” into place. The small rod/post is carefully inserted into the site and secured to your jawbone to ensure it stays strong while eating and talking.
Suturing: Your gum tissue is then stitched back together to allow for new cells to grow around the surgical site. This will also help prevent infection around the implant. Suturing is the main part of the surgery you will need to heal from so ensure that the gums grow together and aren’t susceptible to food bites or bacteria.
Recovery And Aftercare
Before you choose to have an implant, patients should know what to expect after the implant is installed. In order to gain all the benefits of implants, you will need to take time to properly heal. After an implant, many patients can go back to work or school the next day. Getting adequate sleep, drinking lots of water, and over-the-counter pain meds can also help the healing process go smoother.
It is important to avoid crunchy foods, and alcohol, and avoid smoking after you have dental surgery. Keeping your incisions clean will stop infection from occurring. When you care for your new implants, you can avoid more procedures in the future.
The Benefits Of Dental Implants
No matter your situation, there are reasons that implants can work for you. One of the biggest benefits of implants is that they have a natural appearance. They are matched to your other natural teeth in color, size, and shape. Your dentist will help your implants blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
Another benefit of implants is their ability to preserve your jawbone. A properly applied implant will stimulate the jawbone just like a natural tooth root. This will help keep your facial structure intact and prevent the bone from deteriorating.
Additional benefits of implants include:
- Better function of your teeth and jaw
- Improved speech
- Limited jaw pain
- Enhanced confidence
- Good investment
- Improved quality of life
Am I A Candidate For Dental Implants?
To determine if you are a candidate for dental implants, contact our office to schedule a consultation. We will take x-rays of the area and review your bone density. We work closely with oral surgeons in the area who will perform the implant surgery, but we will handle the creation of the crown and attaching it to the abutment. We provide ongoing care for the dental implant to ensure proper oral health in Sunset, UT. Dental implants are natural-looking and have a 98% success rate. To learn more about dental implants, or caring for dental implants, contact Sunset Dental Care.