What are Dental Implants, & Why Consider One?

What are Dental Implants, & Why Consider One?

Many patients come to us to find a solution to missing teeth. A popular option has been dental implants. Why is this option so popular? Let’s look at a few of the reasons, then we’ll look at what’s involved in getting dental implants.

Why Dental Implants are so Popular

  • Dental implants are long-lasting. Modern implants are highly durable compared to other prosthetics such as dentures. Whereas dentures are removable, implants are permanent fixtures.
  • Implants improve your appearance. Care is taken to design the implant’s prosthetic to feel, function and look just like your natural teeth.
  • They improve your speech. Misfit dentures often loosen or may even fall out of one’s mouth. This severely affects speech. Implants, on the other hand, do not have these problems.
  • Implants make eating easier and more enjoyable. Dentures tend to slip while chewing, making eating more of a chore than it needs to be. But, since implants are anchored to your jaw just like natural teeth, eating is normal and enjoyable.

What is the Dental Implant Process?

  • Consultation and examination. Your dental surgeon will have a personal consultation with you to evaluate your current health and circumstances to see if dental implants are a possibility for you.
  • Tooth Extraction. Before getting your new implant, what is left of your current tooth must be removed before it can be replaced. The extraction process is simple and can occasionally be done as a part of the same procedure as the implant.
  • Implantation. Once the implant site is ready, a titanium rod is then inserted directly into the jaw bone. This new root is secured to the jawbone by a process called osseointegration. This is the fusing of the bone to the titanium as the jaw heals. This process takes some time, anywhere from six to 12 weeks.
  • Prosthetic placement. Once the bone has healed and the rod has been firmly infused into the jaw, the procedure can be completed. The dentist will create a custom dental prosthetic that will look and feel exactly like your natural teeth. Once this prosthetic tooth has been attached to the titanium root you can use your tooth like normal.

Not everyone qualifies for such a procedure. But, if you are considering such an option, or have questions about dental implants, book an appointment at our office for a consultation.

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What we are doing to keep you and your family safe when you come to our office

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While may things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at one at a time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.