A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root that provides a permanent base for replacement teeth that look and function like natural teeth. At Advanced Sedation Dentistry, these posts are surgically placed into the jawbone and fuse with the bone over time. They can improve speech and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting out of place while maintaining jaw health.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are titanium posts surgically implanted into the jawbone by our dentist. These metal posts act as an artificial tooth root, providing a firm foundation for your restoration.
After the implants are placed, your gums will need time to heal. Over several months, your jawbone will fuse to the implants in an osseointegration process. Osseointegration is essential because it prevents bone loss.
Once the implants fuse with the bone, your replacement teeth are securely attached. As a result, they won’t shift or slide in your mouth.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Although dental implants are a standard restorative treatment, they are not suitable for everyone. Here are some guidelines for your dental implant candidacy:
- Healthy gums and bone structure
- Commitment to oral hygiene
- At-home solid oral care routine
- Not a smoker
- Good overall health and wellness
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have many benefits. They are more efficient and effective than other methods of tooth replacement, such as dentures. They look and feel more like a natural tooth, and since dental implants are placed into the jaw bone, they prevent deterioration of the bone and gum tissue that occurs when teeth are missing. They also help to preserve the facial structure which may sag when teeth are missing.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants will last many years with proper care, just like natural teeth. Dental implants are very durable, but you’ll still need to regularly maintain them by following a good oral hygiene routine and visiting the dentist every six months. Most dental implants can last as long as 30 years or even a lifetime with proper upkeep.
Are Dental Implants Painful?
Most patients report little to no pain after an implant procedure. This is thanks to anesthetics, modern procedures, and precise techniques. The method we use to place implants minimizes the trauma surrounding teeth, reducing pain levels.
Dental implants are an excellent solution for patients missing all or only some of their teeth. To discover more about dental implants, visit Advanced Sedation Dentistry in Virginia Beach or Chesapeake or call (757) 769-7155.