A dental implant is a metal post, often made of titanium, that is surgically inserted into the gums and fused with your jaw bone, acting as an artificial tooth root. Replacement teeth are then mounted onto the metal base to function just as natural tooth would. The replacement teeth are designed and colored to look like your natural teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace either a single tooth or multiple teeth at once.
Am I Eligible for Dental Implant Surgery?
Dental implant surgery is an ideal choice for patients who are missing teeth and another option to consider aside from dental veneers and dentures. To be eligible for dental implant surgery, you must have healthy gums and strong jaw bones to support the titanium implants.
To determine if you are eligible for dental implant surgery, consult with a qualified dentist. American Dental Care’s team of trusted denture implant surgeons provide service to the Doylestown, Chalfont, and New Britain areas; call today at 215-348-4041 to schedule an appointment.
What Are The Advantages of Dental Implants?
For some patients with missing teeth, dentures and bridges are not an ideal option, often due to weak bridges or sensitive gum tissue; in which, dental implants can be an option worth considering. In addition, dental implants have a very natural look and feel, and are among the most durable devices available for replacing missing teeth. In fact, dental implants are the only tooth-replacement option that actually stimulates bone growth, a benefit not offered by dentures.
How Does Dental Implant Surgery Work?
There are two different kinds of dental implants: endosteal implants and subperiosteal implants.
With endosteal implants, small metal screws are implanted directly into the jawbone. During the first surgery, the screws are inserted. We then wait until the gums have healed before we perform a second surgery. Once sufficient time has passed, a second surgery is performed to attach metal posts to the original implants. Finally, artificial teeth will be mounted to these metal posts.
Subperiosteal implants, in contrast, involve implanting a metal frame into the gums, which is in turn fitted onto the jawbone. Just as with endosteal implants, the gums are given time to heal before metal posts are attached to the frame, from which the dentists will mount your new teeth.
What Is The Recovery Process Like & How Do I Care For My Implants?
Recovery time varies depending on the particular case, the individual patient, the extensiveness of the implants, and the patient’s lifestyle habits. However, the average patient will experience no more than mild discomfort and a little bruising after the operation. Any pain can be handled with the proper medication, in consultation with your qualified dentist.
Proper oral hygiene is essential for proper recovery. Your dentist will advise you how to maintain your oral health best, to prevent any infections in the affected gums. Habits such as smoking, excessive alcohol use, and poor diet can also adversely affect the recovery process, and any such issues should also be discussed with your dentist.
American Dental Care serves the communities around Doylestown, Chalfont and New Britain. To make an appointment, or to contact our 24/7 emergency dental care service, call us today at 215-348-4041, and give our team of specialists a chance to bring confidence back to your smile!