The dental implants process allows a patient to have one or more lost or missing teeth placed that will provide the ability to eat all the foods most loved, speak clearly and smile with self-confidence.
A consultation with your dentist will reveal much of the information you will need to make an informed decision about whether dental implants are for you such as:
What is the advantage of a dental implant over a partial, bridge or denture?
A dental implant is permanent and acts just like a natural tooth root. The implant will promote bone growth in the jaw that will prevent gum shrinkage and change in appearance. You will also be able to chew without any concern for tooth movement.
I can get a partial in a few weeks – how long will the dental implant process take?
Your dentist is going to ask for a commitment of six months to a year. The process begins with an overall health review; an extensive dental exam will follow. You will be advised of the need to keep the implant area as bacteria free as possible to prevent infection.
Is sedation possible for the implant placement?
Usually the patient requires a local anesthetic to numb the area while the implant is placed in gum tissue. Some patients may benefit from sedation dentistry and your dental provider will discuss your options at the initial consultation.
Why is titanium the metal used for the implant itself?
Titanium is ideal for its ability to allow bone to fuse with the implant – this is referred to as osseointegration. Ultimately, the implant will integrate with jawbone to eventually become a part of the patient’s dental anatomy.
Will the implant ever need to be replaced?
Once the implant has been deemed successfully integrated, the implant itself can last a lifetime with proper care. However, if the restoration that covers the implant breaks, it can be removed from the abutment and replaced.
Is there special care required for a dental implant?
Daily brushing, flossing and six month visits to the dentist for cleaning is all the care needed to maintain a healthy dental implant.
Mark E. Massaro, DDS
3150 East 41st Street
Wellington Square Suite 141
Tulsa, OK 74105
Dr. Mark Massaro is a Tulsa, OK dental professional dedicated to General, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry such as Dental Exams, Cleanings, X-rays, Smile Makeovers, Zoom Teeth Whitening, Lumineers, Crowns, & more.