Dental implants are strong titanium posts that act as artificial tooth roots.
Dental implants are an alternative for individuals who’ve lost teeth due to injury, disease, or decay, such as that caused by periodontal disease. They’re also an excellent option for individuals looking to replace damaged teeth.
To begin your implant journey, Dr. Hoopes preps your mouth for surgery. If, for example, your teeth are spaced too close together to install your implants, Dr. Hoopes can use Invisalign® to create space where there wasn’t space before.
Once your mouth is prepped, Dr. Hoopes gently drills holes into your jawbone, where he places your implant. There, over time, your mouth heals and the implant fuses with your natural jawbone.
Usually, you must then wait for your implants to finish healing before you can move on to the next phase of the process. The practice calls this type of implant a “two phase” implant because you can only receive your attachment of crowns, bridges, or dentures during the second phase of treatment.
Sometimes, the practice installs immediate implants, which facilitates a shorter healing time. Also, Johnson Ranch Family Dentistry and Orthodontics often helps you protect your tender new implants by placing a provisional crown over them as they heal. This process may take several months.
During dental implant restoration, expect to endure varying degrees of soreness, particularly right after the procedure. To ease your pain, you can take over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Dental implants offer a myriad of benefits to their users, including:
Dental implants and the artificial teeth attached to them fit in your mouth snugly and securely. For this reason, they’re more comfortable and make talking and eating easy.
Dental implants fuse with your bone, which makes them extremely durable. When you brush, floss, and regularly visit Dr. Hoopes for checkups, your dental implants can last several years to a lifetime.
◈Improved oral health
Finally, dental implants don’t just fix the appearance of your smile, they also improve your oral health. They do so by preventing teeth from shifting and stopping jawbone loss. In addition, because dental implants don’t require dental cement to stay in place, you can floss between them. Special cleaning instructions for home care you can simply floss and brush them as you do your natural teeth.
Do dental implants sound interesting to you? If so, stop what you’re doing and call Johnson Ranch Family Dentistry and Orthodontics or reach out online to book your consultation now.