When teeth are missing, the jawbone can shrink over time causing the whole lower part of your face to collapse. This can make you look and feel older than you actually are. With properly placed dental implants, it helps stop the bone from deteriorating and helps to prevent further loss. Dental implants are one of the safest and most effective forms of dentistry to date.

Whether you are wanting to replace one tooth or wanting to replace them all, dental implants are a perfect solution. With cosmetic dentistry, they can match your exact tooth structure, color, and size to blend a single tooth or create a whole new smile personalized specifically for you.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental (or cosmetic) implants are implant grade titanium posts that go where the root of your tooth would normally go. Thanks to advanced dental technology, you can have new teeth in as little as one day!

The screw portion of your new tooth or teeth is screwed into your jaw bone. Over time, the bone then fuses together with the screw of your new implant which then holds one or more teeth. The implants are permanent and should not need to be tightened or adjusted.

Dental implants feel just as your teeth normally would so you can go back to eating and drinking your favorite foods, smiling, kissing, and laughing once again!

How To Know If You Qualify For Dental Implants

To know if you are a good candidate for dental implants, it is highly recommended that you schedule a consultation with a qualified and reputable implant dentist.

How Safe Are Implants

Dental implants have a success rate of at least 95%-98%. Dental implants have been known to be one of the safest and most effective dental procedures. Safeness mostly comes down to how well you take care of them once you leave the office.

Are Dental Implants Painful?

The procedure itself is not believed to be painful as you are typically under general or local anesthesia to completely numb the area. After the procedure, you may experience mild pain or discomfort when the numbness wears off.

More often than not, people state that tooth extraction is far more painful than getting implants. Rarely, people may experience an immense amount of pain due to improperly fitting implants, infection, or improper aftercare. But overall, the procedure is far less painful than expected.

Reasons To Get Dental Implants

The reasons to get a dental implant out rule the reasons not to. Some of the many reasons to get a dental implant are listed but not limited to:

-Preventing degradation of the jaw bone when there is no longer a tooth there.
-Reshape the teeth.
-Fill gaps in teeth.
-Correct overcrowding.
-Repair cracks or fractures.
-Brighten stained and discolored teeth.
-Replace old metallic restorations such as fillings and crowns.
-Provides a more natural smile, look, and overall dental health.
-They last a lifetime when properly cared for.
-Provide patients with a strong, natural-looking set of teeth so they are comfortable and able to eat all of their favorite foods once again.

Implant Types

There are two common types of dental implants. Depending on your anatomy will show you what type of implant would work best for you.

The two most common dental implants are:

Endosteal:

This type of implant is screwed into the jawbone. This is the most common implant.

Subperiosteal:

This implant is placed under the gums, on or on top of the jam bone. This implant is used more for people who do not have a strong enough jawbone or do not want to go through an augmentation in order to have endosteal implants.

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How Much Are Dental Implants?

Unfortunately, due to the personalization of each and every one of our patients, implant dentists are unable to give appropriate prices to everyone until given a proper consultation.

Based on your bone density and strength, if it’s one tooth or all of your teeth, and the type of implant you will be having done will depend on how much the implants will cost.

Each clinic you go to will vary in price based on experience, materials used, their location, and the condition you are under as well. Reach out to your preferred dentist to schedule a consultation to learn more about what dental implants would work best for you!

Preparing For The Procedure

Before your scheduled appointment, your doctor should give you a detailed list of how to prepare for your new implants.

Some of the restrictions will be for food and drink intake prior to your procedure and possible halt of prescription drug intake (if possible and advised by your doctor) that may increase any risk during the procedure.

You will get a more personalized and detailed list given to you at your consultation.

If you have any questions leading up to your appointment, do not hesitate to reach out to our office.

How Do I Care For My New Implants?

The best tips once you get home:

-Keep ice handy! Ice helps with swelling and feels great on swollen gums.
-Avoid smoking.
-Stick to soft foods for the first 10-14 days.
-Avoid any hot, spicy or cold foods as they can cause inflammation and/or infection.
-Rinse your mouth regularly with a salt water solution. The salt water solution helps kill germs and promotes healing.
-Continue oral hygiene as usual, brushing softly to avoid injury to the surgery sites.
-Follow your doctor’s aftercare recommendations strictly to avoid any complications to your healing.
-Attend any follow-up appointments at your doctor’s office to ensure your implants are healing properly.
-Take your prescribed medications. If not prescribed anything for pain, take a low dose of ibuprofen or Tylenol, however recommended by your doctor.

Caring For Your Implants Once They Heal

Just as you would care for your other teeth! It is important to visit your dentist regularly for cleanings.

In order to have long-lasting results with your dental implants, they must be in a clean and healthy environment. Plaque and bacteria can still build up on implants. The buildup can cause issues with your gums and cause further damage to your teeth and surrounding gums.

It is typically recommended to use unwaxed tape or implant-specific floss. Water flossing is also a great option for cosmetic dentistry.

Dental Implant Risks

With any procedure, they may come with a risk. Luckily, there aren’t too many with dental implants.

If taken care of properly and done by a professional implant dentist, they should heal quickly and last a lifetime.

A few of the risks may include:

Implant Break

This is more common with older, less advanced dental implants. Dental implants are now installed with implant grade titanium which is one of the strongest and most durable materials. Although it is the strongest, there is still a risk of it breaking due to a very rough impact force. Even if this were to happen, it is an easy fix.

There is also the possibility of a new crown breaking. This can happen from grinding your teeth at night, getting hit, or any other traumatic injury that affects your face. Again, fixing a crown is an easy fix and just requires a new crown on your titanium post.

Nerve Damage

Nerve damage occurs during the procedure. While it is avoidable, there is still a possibility that the doctor can puncture a nerve. The most common nerve damage happens while inserting the new titanium posts to the lower jaw bone as there is a nerve that runs along the bone.

The titanium posts are placed fairly close to this nerve and can scrape, puncture or bump the nerve. This causes swelling, tingling, numbness, or pain in the cheeks, lips, tongue, or gums. As stated in a news acrticle for BBC, 30% of all nerve injuries were caused by dental work. Read the article here.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms after your procedure, contact your doctor.

Sinus Puncture

This is rare as it only occurs when placing the implants to your upper jaw bone and punctures the sinus cavity.

The symptoms of a sinus puncture include a runny nose and pressure. This is a fairly simple fix with collagen membrane. Depending on the size of the puncture, it will typically heal on its own.

If you are experiencing pain for an extended period of time, please reach out to your doctor.

Infection

This is mainly caused by improper care after the procedure. To reduce the chance of infection, follow any recommendations or guidelines set by your doctor at the time of your procedure.

If you suspect any sign of infection, reach out to your implant dentist promptly to catch it in the early stages.

In Conclusion

Overall, getting any cosmetic procedure or dental implant is safe, effective and will leave you with a brighter, healthier, and beautiful smile that can last you a lifetime.

Interested in getting a dental implant? Contact our office today to schedule your consultation appointment to find out more!