Today, dental implants offer a replacement tooth option that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth. The design of implants imitates nature, in that they feature a tooth root and crown. Bridges, partials, and traditional dentures don’t have a replacement tooth root, making them great repair options but none that are quite as permanent or natural as a dental implant.
Dental Implants Can Be Both Functional And Cosmetic
Dr. George may recommend implants to:
- Restore a confident smile
- Replace one or more teeth
- Restore clear speech
- Improve the ability to chew food
- Enhance facial features
- Resolve bite problems or joint pain
- Support and secure a bridge or denture
Many of the aforementioned recommendations for dental implants are based on functional reasons. Our teeth are essential tools for clear speech and for chewing dinner. Moreover, if you have a missing tooth, your other teeth may move around and spread into the open space, which can cause bite problems and joint pain. To avoid future oral problems, it is recommended to get a dental implant in the missing spot as soon as possible.
Additionally, a dental implant can replace one tooth, or a few implants can anchor a bridge, partial, or denture. When dentures are secured to dental implants, they no longer slip or feel loose. In fact, denture patients who have implants can eat crunchy, chewy foods that were formerly impossible to chew.
A beautiful smile is one of those things that can go a long way in our society. As we’ve pointed out, dental implants can be necessary functional treatments to improve your oral health and wellness. However, studies have shown that people who have nice smiles are more likely to be confident in their work and personal lives.
So when it comes to replacing a tooth that rotted or got knocked out in order to make your smile complete again, dental implants can be a worthy investment for your health and happiness.
What To Expect During A Dental Implant Procedure
Dr. George is certified and trained to perform both the surgical and restorative aspects of dental implants, so he can complete your smile rejuvenation from start to finish. In most cases, patients do not need to see an oral surgeon or another dental specialist. Dr. George can plan your case, perform your surgery, and design and secure your final restorations. It is an outpatient procedure, so you won’t have to worry about being out for a long time. Depending on your case, you may be able to do this all in one procedure or done in multiple stages and visits.
The dental implant procedure begins by applying pain medication or sedation so the patient doesn’t feel any of the work happening. Then, the damaged tooth is removed. The implant must be grounded into the jawbone for optimal function, so the next step is to prepare the jawbone through grafting. The implant is anchored to the jawbone with a metal post, which ends the first stage of the implant procedure.
During the next few stages, the patient receives an extension of the metal post (known as the abutment) and gets a mold of the mouth as a whole. The mold helps Dr. George create an implant that will look just like your other teeth so the implant cannot be immediately identified. Then, finally the dentist applies the implant tooth that looks and matches your other teeth. If stitches are necessary, they will be dissolvable for your convenience.
After the procedure, you may experience some of these symptoms:
- Gum and/or facial swelling
- Skin and/or gum bruising
- Minor bleeding
If you notice these symptoms are not getting better after surgery, you may want to call Dr. George to make sure everything is healing as intended.
It may be recommended that you eat soft foods in the immediate days following surgery in order to help the implant site heal.
If you want a quality family dentist who can replace your tooth with a dental implant, look no further than Dr. Varghese George to deliver professional care and service.
Make your appointment now for a healthy, winning smile.