“Dental Implants.” It can sound a little intimidating, right? Getting replacement teeth surgically placed sounds downright scary! But thanks to sedation dentistry, these implant placements can change your life, virtually pain-free. An implant is so much more than just an artificial tooth. Cheaper, more conventional dental procedures will often need to be re-made over time and require the frequent use of creams or adhesives to prevent teeth from slipping. Likewise, traditional dentures can cause your cheeks and lips to sink and sag.
So then, what exactly are dental implants? Well, they’re not your grandmother’s dentures that’s for sure. They’re also more than just cosmetic dentistry. Dental implants are like a high-tech reworking of your teeth. Think of it like you would upgrading your cell phone. Sure, you could get one of those flip phones that used to be the best option available, but now you can upgrade to a smartphone.
Dental implants will never require you to take them out to apply a messy adhesive. They’ll never require you to take them out every night to soak and get clean. In fact, you can’t take them out! Dental implants are a permanent part of your mouth. And with proper maintenance and care, these implants will last you for decades and decades to come. You’ll never have to worry about these teeth decaying, or ever having to endure another root canal. Your smile will be better than ever.
Let’s say you need to replace a tooth. The root of that missing tooth is removed and replaced with a small, screw-shaped titanium post which is then securely fastened to the jawbone. That may sound complicated, but it’s actually a process that is considered to be relatively minor and routine. The procedure is typically performed with a local anesthetic, leaving the patient awake throughout the procedure. However, if the thought of that happening is too intimidating or would otherwise cause discomfort, we also offer IV and oral sedation, as well as inhalation conscious sedation.
The implant is then capped with a realistic-looking crown that is custom-made so that it matches the other teeth in your mouth. It is during this healing process that the implant fuses to the bone surrounding it. Patients have several options when it comes to dental implants ranging from a single tooth to a whole set, and they all have a significantly higher success rate of 95 percent compared to other replacement options.
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