Dental implants are one of the strongest options for tooth replacement. These devices are the closest to a natural tooth in terms of their look, feel and function. They will help maintain the shape of your face, as well as allow you to eat and chew normally. They have the look and feel of your natural teeth. Cicero Family Dental Care will discuss with you your options with dental implants and create a treatment plan if you want to move forward.
Overview Of Dental Implants
Dental implants are another option for patients with missing teeth. Unlike other options that anchor replacement to natural teeth, implants are completely independent of that. Dental implants are placed directly into the bone of a patient's jaw. As the jaw and gum heal, they will grow around the implant, thereby safely securing it in the jaw. These implants can mimic natural teeth in their chewing capability and don't slip or move like other forms of replacement teeth. For patients who go this route, these are a superior option.
Can Anyone Be A Candidate For Dental Implants?
To be a good candidate for a dental implant, the most important qualification is that the patient has enough bone tissue to place the implant in. They must also have and maintain excellent oral hygiene. Patients with weak or eroding jawbones won't be able to provide the implant with a secure foundation. And those with poor hygiene could open themselves to infection if they don't treat their implants well. Those who are heavy smokers, teeth grinders & teeth clinchers, along with patients with health conditions like diabetes may not be able to provide the best environment for an implant to be successful.
Outside of those who fall into the groups above, anyone can be a candidate for an implant. The main consideration is that the implant is placed into an environment that gives it the greatest shot at success. Except for the conditions mentioned above, most everyone else does have the requirements to give an implant the best chance at success and long-term functionality of the dental implant.
Is The Implant Process Painful?
The process of placing an implant is not painful. The area receiving the implant is numb and some patients opt for anesthesia. You shouldn't feel anything at all. A patient will most likely experience swelling and discomfort after the numbing agent wears off. Use a compress and follow any post-op instructions given to you by our office to manage your discomfort. Those instructions will include any suggested pain medications.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
When cared for properly, the screw that is placed into a patient's gums can last a lifetime. The crown/tooth portion of an implant can last anywhere from 10-15 years. Proper brushing and flossing habits are crucial for getting the maximum life out of your implants.
Dental implants are a terrific way to repair your smile and have it look natural. They can restore the shape of your face and give you back your ability to eat and chew food. Cicero Family Dental Care can help you decide if implants are right for you. Contact us today at (680) 688-6026 to schedule your consultation.