Dental Implants : Dental implants may be the answer if you're looking for an attractive, comfortable and permanent replacement for missing teeth.
Most of us take for granted the work our natural teeth perform over the years. We seldom stop to appreciate how easily we can bite into a juicy steak or enjoy a succulent corn on the cob. We may talk, smile and laugh with confidence and our teeth may function pain free for decades.
That all changes when we are faced with tooth loss or experience the diminished ability of our teeth to perform natural functions. It's then that we realize the tremendous value of teeth in our lives, and how much they affect our chewing, confidence and appearance. Dental implants have helped hundreds and thousands of people regain the function and confidence they once took for granted.
What is dental implant treatment: Think of dental implants as metal anchors, usually made of titanium, that are surgically placed into the jawbone to hold permanent replacement teeth or dentures. Through a process called osseointegration, the jawbone actually attaches itself to the implant over time, providing tremendous stability.
To devise the best treatment plan for you, we first complete a thorough oral examination, including x-rays.
The procedure and follow-ups are performed in a dental office using local anesthetic. Depending on your individual situation, other types of anesthesia may be used to ensure your comfort.
During surgery each implant is placed within the jawbone to serve as an anchor for the post which will eventually support the replacement teeth. Generally from three to six months or more is then allowed for the bone tissue to grow around the implants and hold them securely in place.
Immediately after surgery, we will give you specific post surgical instructions to ensure the best possible healing. In addition, we may prescribe medication and in some cases antibiotics to aid in the healing process and help alleviate any discomfort. At this time you may be fitted with temporary dentures to help you function as normally as possible.
You will need to limit your diet to soft foods and follow important oral hygiene instructions. Follow up care is important at this time.
Once the jawbone has firmly healed around the implant, a small post is attached to each implant. The post protrudes through the gumline and serves an anchor for the replacement teeth. This short procedure usually only requires local anesthetic. After your gums have healed, the replacement teeth or dentures are securely attached to the posts.
We are excited to offer this advanced dental restoration alternative to you. It is an important part of our commitment to help you keep a healthy, great looking smile for a lifetime.
Dental implants require a time commitment and dedicated oral hygiene routine for optimal maintenance. In addition, implants require a greater financial investment than that of a removable bridge or conventional denture.
However many people discover the end results - a healthy smile, comfort, greater chewing ability and the confidence that comes with it - make dental implants well worth the investment!
We'll be happy to answer any questions you may have about implant treatment. During the process we will do everything to ensure your comfort. Our goal is to help you preserve your smile for a lifetime.
Contact Us at Nova Dental to find out how this exciting new technology can help create your beautiful new smile.