Dental implants can provide a permanent solution for missing teeth and have become a popular choice for our patients at I.Dentical – All About Your Smile. An alternative to traditional dentures or bridges, this innovative method of tooth replacement can improve your ability to chew and speak with ease. In addition, dental implants do not require messy adhesives, they do not slip along the gums, and they can ultimately enhance both the form and function of your teeth with results that look and feel natural. Since dental implants function just like individual teeth, they can be cleaned and maintained with simple brushing and flossing. After Dr. Rafael Yanez, our extensively trained dentist, determines your eligibility for this advanced restorative dentistry procedure, he will custom-design a treatment plan to yield the best possible results. Benefits of dental implants can include:
- Permanent tooth replacement
- Improved ability to chew and speak
- Improved comfort
- Zero additional maintenance
- Reduced wear to the gums
- Natural look and feel
I received first-class treatment with Dr. Yanez and his staff. He installed four dental implants for me and crowned several teeth a couple years ago. I received an EXCELLENT price as well as incredible results. I highly recommend Dr. Yanez!
March 20, 2017
What Are the Steps in the Dental Implants Procedure?
A dental implant is composed of two parts: a titanium rod that serves as the tooth’s root and a durable porcelain crown. Ideal candidates for dental implants have adequate jawbone density to accommodate the implant. For patients who do not have adequate bone density for the procedure, bone grafting can sometimes be used to prepare the treatment area for an implant.
The first step of the procedure is to surgically implant the titanium root under the gum in order to ensure a stable and permanent tooth replacement. During the healing process, a temporary crown will be worn and serve as the visible part of the tooth. Over the course of the next several months, the implant should become fused to the jawbone, mimicking a natural tooth root. At that time, you can return to our office to receive a custom-designed permanent crown made for the most comfortable, precise, and natural fit possible.
What Are the Results of Using Dental Implants?
Once the dental implant procedure is complete, the results often look and feel so natural that many of our patients often forget they have an artificial tooth. With proper care, dental implants can last for decades. Many patients have experienced permanent results with these advanced teeth replacement options.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Dental Implants
Dental implants are considered the “gold standard” for tooth replacement. To help you determine if this procedure is right for your needs and goals, Dr. Yanez has included some answers to common questions below. If you would like to know more, we’re happy to help. Simply contact our team for more information and to schedule a consultation.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
If you are in good general health, are missing one or more teeth, and have good-quality bone structure in your jaw, dental implants may be the right option for you. Some patients lack sufficient bone density for the procedure; however, modern techniques and bone grafting make it possible to strengthen this area so you can still have this treatment. We will provide a thorough oral evaluation to determine if dental implants or another approach can optimize your outcome.
How do dental implants replace a tooth or teeth?
Dental implants completely take the place of the missing natural tooth or teeth. Each implant includes a rod or post which is integrated with the jawbone and topped with a dental crown. As a result, it can work and look just like your natural teeth. Furthermore, maintenance is the same as with natural teeth, and dental implants also help to maintain the strength and health of your oral structures.
Do they look natural?
Absolutely. Our practice is dedicated to providing exceptional care, and that extends to the aesthetic appearance of our restorative treatments. Dr. Yanez utilizes the most advanced techniques available to achieve a natural-looking smile that also functions optimally.
How long do they last?
Dental implants are designed to be permanent structures in your mouth. As long as you maintain your oral health with regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups, your implants should remain in good shape for the life of your smile. Injuries, dental damage and decay, and disease can affect the longevity of implants, so it’s important to stay on top of your dental care throughout life.
Does the procedure hurt?
Your comfort is one of our top priorities at I-Dentical – All About Your Smile. We will anesthetize you during the procedure so that you should not feel any pain. Some patients experience discomfort and anxiety whenever they visit the dentist. If this is the case for you, let us know in advance so we can help you feel more at ease and provide options to help you relax. Some soreness after the anesthetic wears off is normal, and this can be managed with over-the-counter medication.
How long will recovery last?
When the implants are first placed we will attach temporary dental crowns. You will never be without a smile during this process. The implants should heal and integrate with your jawbone over the course of several months. Once they have fused, you will return to our practice for placement of the final, permanent dental crowns. Your restoration is complete once the crowns are affixed, and you can enjoy all your favorite foods without worrying about your teeth slipping or moving in place.
What are my alternatives?
If dental implants are not right for you, other options are available. If you have one or more missing teeth in a row, a dental bridge may be able to help address your concerns. If cost is an issue, implant-supported dentures can be a more affordable option. Dentures are also a popular choice, although this method does not suit everyone.
To learn more about dental implants, or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.