Dental implants provide a comfortable and attractive solution to missing teeth. An alternative to other dental procedures such as bridges and dentures, implants look and feel like regular teeth. The dental implant procedure requires several steps that take place over time. There are very little risks involved when receiving dental implants, and complications from the procedure are rare. The cosmetic dentists of New Image Dentistry have extensive knowledge and experience with dental implant placement and provide the utmost comfortable experience to patients of the Vancouver WA area.
Dental Implant Process
The time it takes to complete implant placement ranges from a few months to over a year, depending on the specific needs of the patient. Below are the steps that our dentists will follow to successfully insert dental implants:
- The titanium implant is inserted into the jawbone and allowed to heal for several months. Because titanium is not recognized by the body’s immune system, it will not be rejected.
- The titanium implant will integrate with the jawbone, which will provide firm support to the artificial tooth replacement.
- A post is attached to the implant and a temporary artificial tooth is used.
- A permanent tooth is attached once healing is complete.
Throughout the process, our staff will provide patients with the tools and knowledge that will help prevent dental implant pain and allow for quick and effective healing.
Benefits of Dental Implants
There are numerous reasons why patients should consider dental implants:
Stability: No more worrying about dentures falling out or needing to apply denture adhesives
Improved speech and self-confidence when talking and smiling
Comfort: Implants will not apply damaging pressure to natural teeth
Improves biting pressure and restores proper chewing ability
Dental Implant Risks
The dental implant procedure rarely results in complications or unsuccessful implant placement. As long as patients have overall good health with a strong jawbone, they are solid candidates for implants. Your dentist will provide a thorough evaluation to determine if dental implants are the best option, and certain health issues may affect the procedure, such as:
- Existing dental problems
- Poor oral hygiene
- Diabetes and chronic diseases
- Bone Disorders
- Smoking and Drinking Alcohol
In the event complications occur or an infection develops, medication or oral surgery may be used to treat the situation. In addition to infection, the dental implant procedure has risks such as bleeding, swelling, bruising, or discomfort. Prior to implant surgery, be sure to discuss these risks with your dentist.
Once the dental implant has been placed and healing is complete, our staff will closely monitor your implants and overall oral health. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime. For an implant consultation, contact New Image Dentistry of Vancouver WA today! We are happy to answer all of your questions.