Dental implants act as tooth roots and stay firmly in place. This firm foundation makes them more comfortable than dentures and other replacement tooth options. Many patients report that implants feel similar to their natural teeth.
The stability of implants makes them effective for eating, talking, and cleaning. They function similarly to the teeth they are replacing. Less permanent options may interfere more with daily life.
Dental implants are one of the most permanent tooth replacement options. They can last a lifetime with good care. Additionally, fixed replacement teeth on implants do not need to be removed every day for cleaning.
Implant-supported replacement teeth look like natural teeth. The visible part of the dental implant is a cosmetic crown made from a composite material that is color-matched to the patient’s tooth enamel. It can be hard to tell the difference.
Patients can enjoy a more comfortable and functional bite after losing teeth with dental implants. Implants act as artificial roots to anchor permanent teeth replacements. Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots to support new replacement teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth or need to have one extracted, dental replacements can be a great option to restore your smile.
Dental implants can be beneficial for people who want a tooth replacement option that closely imitates natural teeth. They can be a very effective long-term solution for missing teeth. Dental implants are available at Smile Dental Studio in Phoenix and the surrounding area.
Damaged Tooth Removal
The extraction of a damaged tooth is the initial step toward rejuvenating your smile with the stability and aesthetics of dental implants.
Bone Graft (When Needed)
In some cases, some extra steps may be necessary. For patients with weak jawbones, a bone graft may be needed to ensure sufficient strength. After the bone has healed, an abutment connects a crown or dentures to the dental implant.
During the procedure, an incision is made in the patient’s gum to expose the bone where the implant will be placed. We will then insert the implant and suture the gum around the implant post. In some cases, a temporary denture is used instead of replacement teeth.
Bone Growth & Healing
Following the surgery, the bone needs to heal around the dental implant. This process can take several weeks or months.
Fit the Permanent Replacement Teeth
Once the bone is sufficiently strong, a dentist can fit the permanent replacement teeth.
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that can replace one or more teeth.
How to take care of dental implants?
Caring for dental implants is very similar to caring for natural teeth, especially if the replacement teeth are permanent. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash are necessary for maintaining proper oral hygiene with implants. Getting regular checkups and teeth cleanings at the dentist is important for taking care of replacement teeth.
Dental implants may require extra cleaning to keep them in optimal condition. Patients can also use an oral irrigator to help clean below and around the dental implants.
What to expect after the procedure?
Following the procedure, it is common to have swelling and discomfort around the implantation site. Some patients may experience minor bleeding and bruising of the skin and gums in the treatment area. These side effects can be managed with pain medication and antibiotics if necessary. Patients can expect such side effects to subside after a few days.
After receiving dental implants, it is best to stick to eating soft foods while the bone heals. Most dental implant procedures use dissolvable stitches, so patients will not have to come back to get them removed. These stitches will usually fall out within seven to 10 days. Following the aftercare instructions and advice will help the healing process.
Follow-up visits are crucial for recovery as they allow both the patient and our staff to monitor progress, address any concerns, and make adjustments as needed. It is also important for the stability and durability of the implants themselves. Follow-up visits may be required monthly, but once the patient has successfully healed, the implants may be checked every six months during their biannual dental checkup. As each case varies, we will schedule follow-ups accordingly.
How do I know if I am a candidate for dental implants?
Most healthy people are good candidates for dental implants. However, weak or unsubstantial jawbone mass may limit whether a patient can receive implants. Restorative procedures like bone grafting can overcome this issue in some cases. A dentist can determine whether a patient is a candidate during an exam and consultation.
What is the success rate of dental implants?
According to the Cleveland Clinic, dental implants have a success rate of up to 97%. Furthermore, they can last a lifetime with proper care. Dental implants are one of the most permanent solutions for missing teeth.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of dental implants will vary depending on the patient’s needs, bone quantity, and the treatment area. Dental implants may qualify for some insurance coverage, but situations will vary. People interested in receiving this procedure should contact their insurance provider and receive a consultation to learn more about the cost.
Are dental implants removable?
The dental implant is permanent. The replacement teeth that sit on them can be fixed or removable. Fixed dentures are the preferred option for many patients due to their stability and comfort.
Do I need full dentures to get implants?
No, implants may support one or more replacement teeth. Some patients receive partial dentures with multiple teeth, while others receive a full arch of teeth. Dental implants are a flexible solution for each patient’s needs.
How long does a dental implant procedure take?
Every patient is different, but it typically takes between four to eight months to complete all stages of the dental implant procedure. The dental implant must go through osseointegration, which involves the implant fusing with the surrounding bone. This process takes between three to six months.
How long is the recovery period after dental implantation?
The average recovery time for dental implant surgery is between 6 to 8 months. However, cases vary from patient to patient and some conditions may require a longer period. Recovery also depends largely on the patient’s adherence to oral hygiene practices.
How to take care at home after the implant procedure?
Many patients consider the recovery process following implant placement to be the most challenging time of the process, but it can be made more tolerable by following an appropriate aftercare routine. To recover quickly and minimize discomfort after implant placement, implement the following home care techniques:● Stick to a soft diet. Avoid foods that are hard to chew, high in sugar, or high in carbohydrates. Also, avoid any beverages that may irritate the affected area, primarily drinking water.● Practice good oral hygiene. Brush gently several times each day and use mouthwash as directed by the dentist. Gentle brushing reduces the risk of oral infection, gum inflammation, and increased discomfort.● Avoid physical activity. Physical activity such as sports, weight lifting, and running, may aggravate the affected area. The risk of aggravating the affected area is especially high if one receives a blow to the face. Talk to the dentist about what activities patients need during recovery.
Proper home care is essential to a quick recovery. It might be ideal to miss work for a short amount of time after implant placement and give yourself time to make the necessary arrangements for a convenient recovery process.
Which type of implant restoration is better, screw-retained or cement-retained?
This depends on the needs and preferences of the patient. Screw-retained restorations are easier to tighten if they become loose and have better retention. The more cosmetically appealing choice is the cement-retained restoration, which is more difficult to adjust if complications arise.
What causes the need for dental implant restoration?
There are many reasons why a dental implant restoration may be necessary. Bone grafting complications, maxillary arch implant complications, and improper implant placement are just a few of the issues that may necessitate an implant restoration. If any problems develop with the look, feel, or function of the implant, consider a restoration.
What are the risks associated with dental implant surgery?
As with any surgery, dental implant surgery carries some risk. However, complications are usually minor when they occur. Risks include infection at the implant side and damage to the surrounding areas. Nerve damage and sinus problems, though rare, have also been reported.
The success rate for dental implant surgery is high, and complications are rare and typically not a serious concern with prompt dental care. Primary complications include nerve damage or injury to an adjacent tooth. Oral surgery raises the risk of local or systemic infection. However, we will take every precaution to help the patient avoid these complications. We will provide detailed instructions on how to recover, which may include good oral hygiene and possible medication to prevent infection.