Are you looking for a solution that will fill the gaps left by missing teeth for a fuller smile? Dental implants can be a great option for patients who want to restore one or more missing teeth. Implants provide stability and prevent shifting and overcrowding teeth to promote oral health.
Dr. J. Carter Perkins offers dental implants to patients at Perkins Dentistry in Dunnellon, Florida. Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about dental implants below:
Dental Implant FAQs
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a restorative treatment option for missing teeth that consist of a titanium post, abutment, and dental crown. The titanium post is surgically inserted into the jaw bone and requires a healing period of 3 to 6 months, during which it fuses with bone tissue. An abutment connects the titanium post to the dental crown, which covers the dental implant. Dental crowns are crafted from porcelain ceramic and are custom-made to look like natural teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants offer multiple benefits to patients who are missing teeth. Implants provide durability and longevity. Patients who undergo treatment find they have improved speech, appearance, and oral health. Placing dental implants can combat problems that arise from missing teeth, such as shifting teeth, overcrowding, tooth decay, speech issues, and bite misalignment.
Can you receive dental implants immediately after a tooth extraction?
Sometimes we are able to perform a tooth extraction and dental implant procedure on the same day. However, not all patients are able to receive this treatment. During your consultation with Dr. Perkins, he will determine if this is feasible.
Do dental implants hurt?
We use anesthesia during every dental implant procedure to numb the area. We will also provide you with prescription pain medication following treatment. You will feel soreness after the procedure, but excessive pain is abnormal. Contact us if you are in pain for days following your implant procedure.