Dental implants are one of the many artificial tooth options available for patients missing one or more teeth. If you’re considering implants as part of your dental treatment plan, you should ask your dentist to see if you’re a good fit for the process.
So, why are dental implants a great option for tooth replacement? The process is long but simple, and implants themselves come with many benefits, preventing failures from happening. Let’s take a look at when implants should be considered, and who is a good candidate for them.
The Dental Implant Process
- First, the mouth is cleaned in preparation for the initial implant placement, — a healthy foundation is essential!
- You will have an option to leave that day with a temporary crown connected to the implant. Although an additional cost, most patients choose this option if they lost a front tooth in order to have a temporary place holder.
- 3-6 months later, a mold of the implant is taken in preparation for your permanent crown.
- About 4-6 weeks later, we receive your new crown from our laboratory who has fabricated the perfect fit, shape, style, and color specifically for you. At that time, we will take off your temporary crown (if applicable) and place your tooth-like, porcelain crown on top of the implant.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Choosing a dental implant as your replacement tooth option means having teeth that feel comfortable and function naturally. Long term, they can often last longer than a different tooth replacement option like a bridge or denture. While, implants may still need to be replaced in the future, their longevity far outweighs other options for most patients.
A plus to dental implants is that they can never get cavities! Although gum disease is still possible, a dental implant can’t get cavities because it’s not a natural tooth — instead, it’s a titanium medical-grade screw.
Best Candidates for Implants
If you’re missing a single tooth or have multiple teeth that are missing or need to be removed, you may be a candidate for dental implants. One of the most important factors that an implant dentist like Dr. Smith will consider, is your gum health and bone levels. Dental implants require a stable environment and foundation in order to be successful and last you a long time. In some cases, a bone graft may be required prior to or at the time of placing an implant to help accelerate your bone growth.
Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants
At Z Dentistry, we want to provide you with the best dental implant experience possible. Your consultation with Dr. Z will give you a better understanding of what to expect during the procedure, and we’ll be sure to answer any questions you may have beforehand.
Connect with us to learn more about dental implants and schedule your visit!