Your natural teeth are remarkably resilient. With proper care and good dental hygiene, they will remain in good condition for a long time. However, people sometimes need to replace their natural teeth. This can be due to damage from severe trauma, tooth decay, and other such concerns. An implant is the closest you can get to a natural tooth.
At Peters Family Dentistry, we always aim to preserve the natural teeth as much as possible. Treatments like filings, root canals, and other therapies help patients retain their natural teeth even if there’s decay or damage. However, if the root structure is compromised and the jaw bone supporting the teeth is at risk, you need to consider implants.
We’re a licensed and well-established dental clinic with ample experience in this particular procedure. We know how implants work and will make sure yours are securely anchored in your mouth. If you want to know more, please don’t hesitate to call us or book an appointment. Our experienced dentist can explain the implant procedure in detail. He will explain the pros and cons of this procedure so you can make a good decision.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a titanium post implanted in the jaw bone. It replaces the natural root and provides a place to securely anchor the crown. Titanium bonds with the surrounding bone matter and stays in place once the implant site is completely healed. The prosthetic is placed on top of the implant once it is healed. This crown is usually made from ceramic and looks almost like a natural tooth.
Once the procedure is complete, you will be able to lead a regular lifestyle and eat almost anything you love without problems. Dental implants are a good treatment option for single tooth loss as well as multiple tooth loss. Our dentist can replace your full set of teeth if needed.
Durability And Safety Of Implants
People are often worried about placing a metal post in their jaw bone. Implants are a safe, approved, and well-established method of replacing missing natural teeth. There are millions of successful cases of this procedure worldwide. Implants are safe to use and the titanium metal used in implants doesn’t harm the jaw bone in any way.
They will last as long as natural teeth if you follow the dentist’s recommendations when it comes to care and maintenance. It is important to go in for maintenance appointments to ensure the post remains anchored and there’s no infection.
You need to keep an eye on the implants and make sure they don’t develop any kind of coating. This is a sign of poor dental hygiene and can cause a lot of trouble like gum infection, soreness, bleeding, and a host of other issues. Be sure to maintain proper dental hygiene like flossing, brushing your teeth every day, mouthwash rinse, etc. While there’s no lifetime guarantee, you can trust an implant to last for several years without any issue under the right conditions.
Is The Process Painful?
Patients usually receive an anesthetic to reduce pain during the implant procedure. You’ll experience less pain or discomfort compared to tooth extraction because this process is easier. It doesn’t cause as much trauma to your teeth.
Once the procedure is done and the anesthesia wears off, you will experience some discomfort and pain in the following days. Our dentist will prescribe medication or local applications to reduce the pain as much as possible.
How Long Does the Treatment Take?
The post needs to bond well with the jaw bone for it to be stable. This can take around 3 to 4 months with proper care, barring any complications. Our dentist will provide a timeline for the recovery period and will let you know when they can install the prosthetic.
If you want to know more, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Peters Family Dentistry today!