Dental implants are a great way to restore missing teeth. Implants work through the use of a tooth root made of titanium to keep the dental crown in place. At the same time, it preserves the jawbone. There are several forms of teeth replacement, but dental implants are popular because they are stable and permanent in nature. Like a natural tooth, implants are inserted into the jawbone. Once the jawbone heals, an abutment holds the dental crown. Because dental implants cannot be removed, patients treat them as natural teeth. They require basic maintenance; just brush and floss as normal and see your dentist for routine dental visits.
Considering dental implants? Your dentist will assess the following:
- Location in the mouth
- Jawbone condition
- Your medical history
Why does the jawbone need to be considered for dental implants?
For best results, your jawbone needs to be thick and sturdy. If your jawbone is too weak, you may need bone grafting. In some cases, you may need to choose an alternative option to replace teeth, such as dentures or a dental bridge.
Is the procedure painful?
A local anesthetic is used to keep you comfortable. You can use over-the-counter medication afterward if you experienced mild discomfort.
Will the dental crown be placed that same day?
The dental implant area needs about 4-6 months to heal. Your permanent crown will be made during this time. You will get a temporary crown during the waiting period.
Are dental implants safe?
Dental implant surgery is a safe procedure. It has been performed for more than 30 years with much success. During your exam and consultation, you dentist will review your medical history to minimize the risk of complications. For example, patients with certain medical conditions such as diabetes will need extra precautious care to ensure a successful procedure.
RNX Dental offers a variety of dental solutions including dental implants. Learn more by scheduling a consultation with an Oxon Hill/National Harbor dentist today.