Our dental implant patients are given a new lease on life with this permanent solution to missing teeth. These easy answers to our most often asked questions about dental implants may help you decide if this is a procedure that is right for you.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are the most advanced and permanent solution to replacing missing teeth. They are available in three types and can be used as a solution to replace:
• A single tooth
• Anterior teeth
• Posterior teeth
• Full upper teeth
What are the three types of dental implants available?
1. Root Implants: These are the most popular as they not only look exactly like a real tooth, they are as strong and durable as a real tooth. They are implanted into the jaw bone using an artificial root and the artificial tooth is then fitted in place once the healing process is complete.
2. Plate Implants: This implant is best if you have a narrow jaw bone which will not support root implants. The plate is inserted much like a root implant and often the new tooth can be restored during the plate implant procedure.
3. Subperiosteal Implants: This implant is required when you do not have the jaw bone to support root or plate implants.
What does the procedure involve?
Root and Subperiosteal implants take the longest to complete. You will first have the artificial root implanted into your jaw bone or in the case of the Subperiosteal, the metal frame. Local anesthesia is given during this process. It will then be left to heal and the root will also take time to integrate with your jaw bone. This healing process takes from three to eight months. Once the healing is complete, the new tooth can be inserted.
The same procedure is followed for plate implants however the new tooth is inserted at the same time as the plate.
What can I expect during the healing process?
Typically there will be swelling of your gums and face and some bruising along the jaw line. We advise patients to avoid exercise for at least 4 days following surgery. You will see gradual improvements day by day following surgery typically following these timelines:
• The first 2 days will be the most uncomfortable and you can look forward to lessening pain day by day.
• The third day you will still be quite swollen, but pain will have subsided and you will probably be able to eat food of more substance.
• You will then see daily gradual improvement.
Dental implants will give you the freedom and enjoyment of natural teeth. We invite you to schedule an appointment now to discuss dental implants by phoning our friendly team on 817-737-6601.