Dental implants are small titanium posts surgically placed in the jawbone to support tooth replacements. The implants fuse with the jawbone, creating a solid foundation for the placement of a crown, bridge, or denture. Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth and look and feel like natural teeth.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone. There, they act as artificial tooth roots and provide a strong foundation for a crown, bridge, or denture. After the implant has been placed and while it fuses with the jawbone, the site is given time to heal before continuing the process.
Once healed, the patient returns to the dental office for the restoration. The dentist will attach the crown, bridge, or denture to the implant, completing the treatment.
Once the implant has healed and is secure, the dental crown or other restoration can be placed over it. The dental crown serves as the visible portion of the implant. This crown is made to match the rest of your teeth.
You don’t have to worry about the dental implant surgery being painful. If you suffer from dental anxiety, you can discuss sedation dentistry options with our dentist. At our dental practice, we offer sedation solutions that allow patients to remain comfortable throughout the procedure.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
The lifespan of an implant depends on how well you care for it. With proper care, most implants will last more than twenty years. Dental implants can fail for several reasons, including:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Failure to attend regular checkups and cleanings
- Oral conditions, such as gum disease
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Dental implants are made from titanium. This is a biocompatible material. That means it is highly unlikely your body will reject the implant or experience any adverse effects. The implant itself acts as a permanent fixture in your mouth. Once it is placed, your jawbone will begin to grow around and fuse with the implant. This process is referred to as osseointegration. Once osseointegration is complete, the dental implant is as secure as your tooth’s natural root.
What Should I Expect During and After Dental Implant Surgery?
After dental implant surgery, patients can expect some swelling and discomfort. This is normal and should resolve on its own within a week or two. Some patients will have a temporary crown or bridge placed over the dental implant. After your dental implant has healed, our dentist will design a permanent restoration. These restorations are typically crowns, bridges, or full or partial dentures.
To find out more about the dental services we offer at Paramount Dental Care, call (561) 844-7735 or schedule your consultation online. You can also visit us at 400 Executive Center Drive #103, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.