Over the course of a lifetime, teeth can be damaged. In some cases, this damage is severe enough the tooth will fall out or have to be removed. But that doesn’t have to be the end of the story. If a full set of teeth is important to you we offer dental implants. Dental implants not only help cosmetically but functionally as well.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root which acts as an anchor for replacement teeth. Shaped like a screw, it is surgically placed into the jawbone. They are the ideal tooth replacement procedure because they look completely natural! If you are unable to wear dentures, this is a great solution for you. Dental implants can be for just one tooth, many, or your entire smile.
Artificial teeth can be inserted to give you the healthy, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. In addition, these artificial teeth restore your ability to eat properly. Without the implementation of artificial teeth, you may suffer from bone deterioration and other oral health problems.
In addition, artificial teeth are designed to last for nearly a lifetime. While they require the same sort of cleaning normal teeth do, there are no nerves associated with them. That means no pain from sensitive teeth. However, failure to properly care for them can lead to gum irritation and other similar problems.
If you’ve lived without your natural teeth for some time, you may begin to notice your facial shape changing. Without the teeth to maintain the structure of the jaw, the face can warp in unsightly ways. Artificial teeth prevent this from happening by maintaining the shape of your jaw and face.
Perhaps best of all, artificial teeth do not impede the experience of food like certain dentures can. Although your food may taste different while using dentures due to the bonding material required to keep it in place, artificial teeth do not have this problem.
If you are fearful of operations, you don’t need to worry. The oral surgery necessary for artificial teeth is a common, in-office procedure that has a track record of being reliable. A basic dental implant takes less than an hour. It’s considered a permanent solution to a major problem, and is thought to be a better choice than other types of treatments such as bridges, crowns, and root canals. In addition, our knowledgeable and experienced staff will take the time to answer any questions or concerns you have.
You will be given anesthesia so you will not feel anything during the procedure. After the surgery, you may notice some minor pain and tenderness.
Ibuprofen or other non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medication is usually all that is needed. There may also be a small amount of bleeding in the implant area. Some people bruising around the mouth and gums, and a little swelling in the face. This is completely normal and may last a few days. A small ice pack wrapped in a towel, used for short intervals, may offer relief. However, if the symptoms do not go away within a week, you should contact us immediately. We will check to make sure that everything is healing properly.
Consumption of soft foods is required for around two weeks after the surgery. During this time, your jaw may be too sore to handle harder foods. But once the implant area has fully healed, you will be able to return to eating as normal — perhaps better than before the procedure. When properly cared for, your implant will last for years, even decades. Remember to treat them like real teeth—brush, floss, and visit the dentist!
We understand that many oral treatments can be intimidating and scary, but we strive to ease the worries of our patients, whether they are five years old or fifty. We’ll work to make you comfortable during the treatments, explaining every step of the process to put you at ease. Our staffed is fully trained and licensed. These are the reasons why people say we are one of the best St. George dentists. Plumb Dental can perform an evaluation to see if your bone structure and overall health are fitting for dental implants.
Contact us today for a consultation. 435-673-9606 We are here to help!