Dental implants are a permanent solution to the problem of missing teeth. Unlike dentures or partials, you won’t experience problems with slipping or sliding, and they don’t require a specialized daily care routine beyond regular brushing and flossing. Unlike bridges, dental implants do not require alteration to your existing, healthy teeth.
In fact, bridges can be supported by implants for fewer alterations during a more complex restoration. At Dental Image, we offer patients in the Crown Point area the chance to restore their smiles through dental implants. Our skilled dentists who specialize in smile restoration will work with you to craft a plan to use implants as part of a comprehensive strategy. Together, we will fix your missing teeth and restore your smile and confidence.
Most people think of missing teeth as a mostly cosmetic problem. This is understandable. Missing teeth carry a stigma, and people with missing teeth may find themselves unfairly judged in many social settings.
Unfortunately, the problem of missing teeth goes beyond the cosmetic. Missing teeth put additional stress on your remaining teeth and can lead to damage, including fractures and further tooth loss. When you are missing teeth, you may find it difficult or even painful to enjoy the fresh, healthy foods you need for proper nutrition and nourishment.
And while the cosmetic problems of missing teeth are troubling enough on their own, one or more missing teeth can eventually lead to significant bone loss in your jaw as the tissue becomes atrophied from lack of use. Over time, this diminishing bone can lead to visible changes in your face and cause you to appear prematurely aged. Dental implants will stop this process in its tracks, something that even dentures and partials cannot do.
While most healthy adults are eligible for dental implants, some health conditions can change the effectiveness of the implants.
When you visit our relaxing and judgment-free Crown Point office to discuss dental implants, we will review your health history. These questions are essential to help us determine whether dental implants are the right option for you. Don’t worry – even if you do have a health concern, we are likely to still be able to work with you in some capacity to help address your smile concerns. We need to know about it so that we can account for it and take any necessary precautions as you go through the dental implant process.
Before beginning the actual implant process, we will perform a full examination, including digital x-rays. Because the implant is attached directly to your jaw, we need to know the condition of your bone. If necessary, you could be a candidate for grafts and other procedures to build up your jaw bone so your implants can firmly take hold.
Because each mouth is different, a comprehensive plan will be drawn up for you based on the results of your x-rays. If you need multiple implants, crowns, bridges, veneers, or other restorative procedures in addition to your implant, they’ll be discussed here, so that your mouth looks natural and the work is cohesive following surgery. Once your plan is complete, it will be time for placement.
The titanium posts for your implants will be placed. The posts are placed into the jawbone so that the bone can graft around them. This is a process called “osseointegration,” and it gives your implants strength.
It also requires some time to heal following the initial implantation. Once you have healed sufficiently, you may receive a temporary crown over the implant while we wait for your permanent crown to return from the dental lab.
Most patients say that the waiting is the hardest part of receiving implants. Pain from the implantation is usually minimal and can be managed with over the counter pain medications once the initial anesthetic wears off after surgery.
Dental implants are cared for just like normal teeth - using good hygiene practices will ensure that your implants (and the rest of your teeth) will be in your mouth for years to come. For more information about dental implants or to schedule an appointment, please call our practice today.
Once the permanent crown has returned from the dental lab, you will return to our office to have it placed. We will check the fit and appearance, and your implant will be complete.
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Our smile specialists are ready to make sure your smile is as healthy as possible. We offer treatments to meet your every dental need and customized plans tailored to your smile. At Dental Image, we believe everyone deserves a healthy, happy smile. Make an appointment today and let us help you find yours.