What are dental implants?
Dental implants are quickly becoming the standard in care for replacing missing teeth because they look and function just like natural teeth. While dentures and bridges come with drastic eating restrictions and have a tendency to slip or fall out, causing socially awkward situations, dental implants solve all those problems and allow people to live life to the fullest.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Better aesthetics
- Just as sturdy as natural teeth
- No eating restrictions
- Last a lifetime
- Won’t slip or fall out
- Protect the jawbone
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are made up of three pieces: a titanium screw (the implant itself), an abutment (connecting piece), and the final crown. The process occurs in stages, each of which can be performed by Dr. Notis right here in our comfortable, modern office. During the first stage, bone grafting is performed (if needed) to build a stable bone for the implant. Next, the dental implant, made of titanium, which is able to fuse with bone (“osseointegration”), is inserted into the jawbone. The implant is left to heal for several months, and then you return to us for a perfect-fit, natural-looking crown. The entire process takes from 3 to 12 months, depending on your case.
Implants and Your Health
In addition to providing for a better diet full of fibrous fruits and vegetables, dental implants also impact your health positively in another way. The jawbone needs regular stimulation to remain healthy. Therefore, when a tooth is missing, the jawbone begins to deteriorate immediately – a problem that is not helped by bridges and dentures. Dental implants, however, stop the recession of bone by providing the natural stimulation needed for your oral health.
The Cost of Dental Implants
Many people are intimidated by the cost of dental implants, however it is important to realize that because they protect the jaw and give people a higher quality of life, and do not typically require replacement (as dentures and bridges regularly do), they are a worthy and affordable investment for most people.
Do dental implants hurt?
No – the surgical site is numb during the surgery and afterward for several hours. After the anesthesia starts to wear off, some patients have some discomfort for a few days, but it is typically well controlled with over-the-counter pain medications.
Missing All Teeth
For those who are missing all (or most) of an arch of teeth, we offer a wonderful same-day implant-supported denture option, nSequence®.
If you are suffering a missing tooth and would like to enjoy your life fully once again, please call our friendly team at Mark I Notis DMD PC Phone Number 610-433-6745 today!