There are many options when it comes to filling in a missing tooth, but did you know that a dental implant is the closest thing to your natural tooth? If you are looking for long term replacement and reliability, then look no further.
What Is A Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post that acts as if it is the root of the tooth. It is placed in the jaw bone and is allowed a healing period of time. After the healing time, a crown is placed and locked in with a small connector piece called an abutment.
Depending on your anatomy and bone structure, some patients are lucky enough to have an implant placed right after the tooth is removed. If there is not a sufficient amount of bone, bone (usually cadaver) will be placed and there will be healing time needed before the implant can be done.
How Long Does an Implant Last?
With good hygiene care, implants are designed to last a lifetime. Studies have shown that they have a 95% success rate.
There are many benefits to having a dental implant placed, including:
- Cosmetically pleasing
- Boost confidence and self-esteem
- Creates an even smile
- Preserves facial and bone structure
- They do not decay (good oral hygiene should always be applied)
Following surgery, you will want to avoid chewing on the side of the mouth that the implant is on. If you happen to have multiple implants in different areas of the mouth, you will want to stick to a soft diet.
Contamination and bacteria can cause your implant to fail, keeping it clean is very important.
You will want to limit your physical activity for the first few days to avoid any type of bleeding or throbbing.
While infection risk is low if properly taken care of, taking an antibiotic after surgery will help prevent any type of infection.
Implants are designed to have a natural tooth structure; therefore, you can floss and brush like normal. You can also technically chew meat, ice and other foods of that type, but is not recommended to do so.
To find out more about dental implants and if they would be a good fit for you, call us today at (702) 803-9892. We look forward to meeting you and helping you feel your best.