What exactly is a dental implant?
A dental implant actually refers to a threaded titanium screw that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone. This small metal post is placed just below the gum to serve as a tooth root substitute. Once implanted, it will require 3-6 months to heal and fuse with your jaw bone. Then a small piece called an abutment is connected to the implant. The dental restoration will connect to the abutment.
Do I qualify for dental implants?
Dental implants are for people who are missing one tooth or who are missing several or all their teeth. They can also be used to replace broken or severely damaged teeth. The dental implants will replace the missing or damaged tooth and serve as a permanent replacement. Healthy bone structure is the most important qualification to receive a dental implant. The bone structure needs to be healthy in order for the implant to completely fuse with the bone.
How do you care for dental implants?
Dental implants require no more maintenance or care than your natural teeth. Implants, like your natural teeth, depend on healthy gums and surrounding tooth structures for support. It is essential that you brush and floss regularly and visit Dr. J. Carter Perkins at least twice a year for dental cleanings at his Dunnellon, FL dentist office. Regular and diligent oral hygiene should keep your dental implant healthy for a lifetime of smiles.
Will you be able to notice the dental implant?
Dental implants are not noticeable, not even by you. Dental implants are the most natural solution for those who are missing teeth. With today’s advances in technology, the dental restoration can be color-matched to blend seamlessly with the surrounding teeth and smile.
When should I get a dental implant?
You should schedule an appointment with Dr. Perkins in his Dunnellon, FL dentist office as soon as you lose a tooth. If you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, that void can cause bone loss and deterioration in your jawbone. Dr. Perkins will recommend dental implants over dentures because they are the only option for missing teeth that stimulates the jaw bone which helps stimulate bone growth. This will prevent bone loss.
How long does the entire dental implant procedure take?
There are a few factors that need to be considered when determining the total time the dental implant process will take. First, Dr. Perkins will need to perform a thorough evaluation and then create a personalized treatment plan. If any preparation work needs to be done, that will be next.
That could include teeth extractions or a bone graft. If you require a bone graft, the entire process will take about 3-6 months longer to allow for healing time. If not, then you will move on to the surgical phase where the implants are surgically placed. This will require 3-6 months of healing time. Last is the attachment of the abutment and the dental restoration. The process can take anywhere from 6-9 months.
Can I replace my dentures with dental implants?
Absolutely! Many people choose dentures because they are the cheaper and faster option. Some people may realize that dentures are not for them though after a period of time. They require a lot of care, they may slip around and they may need to be repaired because they don’t fit correctly anymore. Switching to implant dentures is an option.
The first thing you need to know, depending on how long you have gone without teeth, you may need a bone graft. When there is no tooth root in your jaw bone, the bone will begin to deteriorate. After healing from a bone graft, then a set of dental implants are surgically implanted into your jaw bone. A new denture is then attached after the dental implants have fused with your jaw bone.