Many people want to improve their smile, but are not sure what their options are with replacing missing teeth. Dental Implants are one of the best options for replacing missing teeth (dental implants are also used to stabilize a denture or partial denture), but most people don't truly know how implants are placed or operate. So here's the scoop on Dental Implants:
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are made up of 3 main parts: Implant post, abutment, and crown.
The implant post is the "screw-like" portion that is placed first during the implant process. This post is surgically placed into the bone where the missing tooth is located.
The abutment is the "middle" part that you see in the image to the left. It connects the post to the crown.
The crown's shape and shade are meticulously selected and designed to match your surrounding teeth.
How does the process work?
We know what you're wondering.. Does it hurt?!? The answer it pretty simple: no! We place implants under local anesthesia, so our patients are awake during the procedure. Many of our patients opt for Nitrous Oxide (a.k.a laughing gas). This helps relieve any anxiety the patient has, and creates a more relaxed experience. The patient should not feel any pain during the procedure because the tooth has already been removed, and the bone does not have many pain sensing nerves. As we always remind our patients, if you feel anything during a procedure, let us know. We want you to be completely comfortable!
After the procedure is over, we send our patients home with medications so that they can return back to their normal schedules the next day. Most patients say that they experience some soreness for a few days after a procedure, but with medication it is nothing that disables them from carrying on with their daily routines.
We know that having a dental implant done sounds like a scary process, but we strive to ensure our patients are comfortable during and after the procedure. If you have anymore questions about dental implants, let us know! We would love to set up a time to sit down with you and discuss possible treatment options.