With more than 50 years of successful use, dental implants are considered the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. People choose dental implants because these customized devices match the look and feel of your natural teeth as closely as possible. With the added benefits of comfort and durability, dental implants are the preferred choice for about 500,000 people annually.
While dental implants can provide significant advantages over other tooth-replacement methods such as dentures and dental bridges, you may be wary of permanent tooth replacement because of potential pain. However, state-of-the-art techniques and modern anesthesia can minimize and often prevent discomfort during and after your dental implant procedure.
You’ll have the best results when you deal with experienced dental professionals. The dental implant specialists at the seven locations of SEDA Dental in southern Florida specialize in fitting natural-looking dental implants that restore patients’ smiles to their normal appearance and function. The SEDA Dental team uses proven procedures and cutting-edge technology to ensure that your procedure occurs seamlessly and painlessly with optimal results.
Don’t lose out on the chance to restore your natural smile and live your life confidently. Find out what to expect when getting dental implants.
The primary advantage of having dental implants is that they act like natural teeth in the way they’re strongly anchored to your jaw. Dental implants start with a titanium post that is inserted into your jawbone to resemble a natural tooth root. After insertion, the post fuses with your jawbone in a process known as osseointegration over three to six months.
The fused dental base provides a more secure fit than dentures, which simply rest over your gums. Without tooth roots in the jawbone, dentures make you susceptible to a loss of bone mass and shape. This occurs because a tooth root triggers your body to send nutrients to your jaw when you chew.
When you lose a tooth and leave a gap in your gum line, your jaw loses a source of stimulation and can experience deterioration at the site of the missing tooth. As your gums and jaw change over time, the fit of your denture plates may fail to provide a secure fit and cause irritation. Dental implants avoid this type of discomfort because they stay secure and in place.
A single dental implant can provide natural-looking artificial tooth replacement whether you’re missing one or several teeth. Multiple teeth can be replaced with a single implant procedure because more than one crown can be placed on a single implant anchor.
You can even use dental implants to replace a full upper or lower arch of teeth. The team at SEDA Dental specializes in the All-on-4® technique that uses four dental implants to anchor multiple missing teeth up to a full upper or lower arch for a permanent tooth replacement solution.
Dental implants can also serve as a solid base for dentures. Dental implants can be used to anchor posts designed specifically to secure dentures. The dentures remain removable but are solidly attached without the need for denture plates covering the roof of your mouth.
Despite all the advantages of dental implants, you may worry about experiencing pain during the procedure and recovery periods. The techniques used to insert dental implants are comparable in discomfort to routine practices such as fillings and root canals. Modern painless dentistry procedures further reduce the pain associated with implants.
Dental implant surgery typically involves a multi-step procedure that can start with a tooth extraction or bone graft before inserting the dental implant. All phases begin with numbing the area and may include anesthesia depending on your circumstances.
The precise insertion of dental implants relies on contemporary dental imaging technology. This allows your dentist to implant the post with minimal impact and discomfort on the surrounding tissue.
After the procedure, there’s often a recovery period lasting six weeks or longer. You may experience some mild discomfort immediately following your procedure. Mild symptoms such as swelling or bruising of the face and gums, minor bleeding, or pain may occur.
These symptoms are typically manageable with over-the-counter pain medication. Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics or prescription pain medication if the need arises. Many patients experience no pain while their jawbone and implant fuse together to form a solid base.
While getting dental implants can sound complex and stressful, they’re becoming more common as patients desire more natural-looking tooth replacements. The dental implant specialists at SEDA Dental can resolve the cosmetic and functional problems caused by missing teeth without a trip to the dental surgeon.
Find out if dental implants are the right tooth replacement option for you. If you’re ready to transform your smile with dental implants, call or send us a message to request an appointment at one of our seven convenient offices.