Frequently Asked Questions About Cosmetic Implants
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are made up of an artificial implant root and a prosthetic tooth. The root is made out of titanium. Titanium is a bioactive material that will bond with the human body.
During the healing process, the implant and bone will fuse together. Implants can be shaped like cylinders, posts, or screws. The prosthetic tooth will be made of porcelain or a resin type composite.
Who needs a dental implant?
You may be interested in dental implants as a way to improve the look of your smile. But they help your teeth function better.
Missing teeth allow your other teeth to shift over time, which can leave you with serious bite and alignment problems. The socket of the missing tooth may be more sensitive as well; food debris tends to collect in the socket, which can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Am I a good candidate for a dental implant?
Dental implants work best for patients who are healthy, because as a minor surgical procedure will cause bruising, bleeding, and discomfort.
People with chronic diseases like diabetes (which affects the healing process) can be good candidates for dental implants. It may just mean a little advance preparation is necessary.
Also, overall dental health is important because gum disease can increase the risk of infection, and a weak bone in the jaw can affect the success of the procedure.
What is a dental implant procedure like?
We start by giving you a local anesthetic and possibly nitrous oxide if needed. We use special instruments to insert the implant into your jawbone.
Any bleeding is controlled with gauze and direct pressure. The healing process takes three to six months as the jawbone You may wear a temporary appliance during to healing period to make sure you can eat without dislodging the implant.
Once the healing is complete, the dentist will attach the permanent prosthetic tooth and shape it to fit.