Dental Tips Blog

Jan
10

What’s It Like to Have a Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

Here’s all you want to know about having a dental implant, in a nutshell.

The Procedure

Getting an implant usually takes less than an hour. You won’t feel a thing when the dentist places the metal screw. You’ll get a temporary prosthesis to fill in the gap, and once the area is healed, the permanent crown is placed.

The Feel

You won’t feel the metal part since it’s covered by gums. The implant crown is designed to feel just like a natural tooth and that’s exactly what your tongue will notice.

The Lifestyle

A removable tooth replacement requires special cleaning every day. It’s not recommended to sleep with a dental prosthesis in your mouth, so taking it out in the evening could be inconvenient in some social situations. You may even have trouble chewing your favorite foods.

But with a dental implant? Say goodbye to all those worries and insecurities. An implant could free up your life and give you a confidence you wouldn’t believe.

The Maintenance

Dental implants are designed to last your entire life, so there’s no need to expect that it’ll need replacement. Once you get an implant, there’s not a whole lot to it – as long as you keep it clean. This is done through daily brushing and flossing, taking care to clean well around your implant.

For most patients, an implant is the preferred alternative to a chancy root canal, removable partial, or fixed bridge. To find out whether dental implants are right for your smile, plan a consultation with your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Kyle Parkway Dentistry
4650 S FM 1626, Suite 104
Kyle, TX 78640
(512) 256-0105

Jan
8

Is It Painful to Get a Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

A metal screw in your jaw doesn’t exactly sound comfortable. While that’s essentially what a dental implant is, the treatment to get one is surprisingly easier than it seems.

What the Procedure Feels Like

Getting a dental implant is a fairly quick process. Your new tooth will probably be placed in less than an hour. During that time, the dentist will make sure that you’re comfortable with plenty of anesthetic. This might include some sedation on top of the local numbing medication.

If you’re conscious for the procedure, you’ll feel pressure but probably nothing worse than what it feels like to have a tooth pulled. Other than that, you shouldn’t be too uncomfortable. Folks are usually very surprised at how fast and pain-free the process is.

How About After Surgery?

It’s common to have some discomfort after the anesthesia wears off. Most patients are able to manage their pain quite easily, and any residual discomfort typically goes away within a few days.

Here’s what you can do after your implant surgery to reduce any lingering pain:

  • Take the pain-killer your dentist prescribes or recommends
  • Place an ice pack or cold compress against the side of your face to reduce swelling
  • Gently rinse your mouth with a warm saltwater
  • Get plenty of rest

Once your implant has healed into place, it’s going to feel just like a natural tooth, only stronger. Ask your dentist about the dental implant therapy available at your office and how they manage the pain there.

If you’re thinking about completing your smile with a dental implant restoration, don’t let fear of pain hold you back!

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Sep
8

Dental Implant Treatment Planning: What to Expect

Posted in Dental Implants

So you’re considering a dental implant. What’s involved? How will your dentist ensure that the surgery is successful?

You want answers to your questions before you agree to start the treatment. It may help you feel better to learn that there’s a lot more to the process than sticking metal screws into bone.

Is an Implant Right for You?

The first thing that will be considered is how an implant could affect your life and how well your body can handle the treatment. An implant is not a dangerous or complicated procedure. But other factors can affect how well the implant heals.

Things such as:

  • Medications
  • Existing health issues
  • Current gum health
  • Oral habits and hygiene

…will affect the success of an implant. Talking with your dentist is the first step in sorting this out.

A Complete Examination

The next important step is carefully assessing the structure and needs of your mouth. Will any other teeth need to be extracted? Is there enough bone to support an implant? What kind of implant will serve you the best?

No two mouths are the same! Your dentist or oral surgeon will take careful scans and x-rays and measurements to make sure that they know what they’re working with.

Virtual Surgery

Most modern dental offices that offer implant therapy have some sort of software that allows for virtual treatment planning. State-of-the-art computer programs can help the practitioner to know exactly where to place an implant for maximum benefit and support. This eliminates the trial-and-error approach!

As you embark on the journey of rejuvenating your smile with dental implants, ask your dentist for advice and information.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Feb
28

Implant Restoration

Posted in Dental Implants

As with any dental restoration, there is always a possibility of a problem or failure down the road. Dental implants are no exception, and while rare, they may also require times where additional care is given to restore areas such as a crown or abutment that has come out or fractured.

Most dentists are able to restore dental implants, as it is a very simple process. Because the more advanced stage of implant care has already been completed and the titanium root is still in place, typical implant restoration usually involves the placement of a new crown or finding a properly fitting abutment for areas that may have broken or failed.

Each type of dental implant uses a unique form of abutment and screw, which is what supports the crown. Finding the properly fitting screw and abutment is typically the key factor when repairing a broken implant. Once the right size and model of restoration is needed, a new crown can be made for your implant the same way that it would be made for another tooth. An impression of the restored abutment is taken and sent to a dental laboratory, which matches the crown shape and color to fit properly in line with your other teeth. About 2 weeks later your permanent crown will be ready for delivery and permanently affixed to your implant abutment.

Implant specialists as well as general dentists can support patients who have had a failed implant or problem with the fit of the crown. As long as the bone structure and support of the titanium post is still within a healthy range, restoring the rest of the implant is typically not a problem at all.

Posted on the behalf of Pure Dental Health

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Jan
16

Getting a Dental Implant: What to Expect

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So your dentist has advised you that you need dental implants and you’re wondering what to expect. The first thing you should know is that getting a dental implant is a minimally invasive surgical procedure; it involves surgical cutting of the gums but only a small incision is made. There is minimal operative trauma and short recovery time (3 to 4 months).

The day of the procedure, after you have filled out any necessary forms, you will be taken to an operating room and given a local anesthesia in injection form. Some dental practices provide sedation for eligible patients. Working as a coordinated group, the dental team will cut away some of your gum tissue to expose the jawbone. If you are getting a subperiosteal implant, a metal framework will be fitted on top of the jawbone.

If you are getting an endosteal implant, a hole (or several holes depending on the type of restoration you are getting) will be drilled in your jawbone and the implant (a metal or ceramic screw, cylinder, or blade) will be inserted into the hole. Finally, the gum will be stitched up and you will be free to go home. After the surgery, it is normal to experience soreness, minor pain, and some bleeding for a few days. Follow the post-operative care instructions given to you by your dentist to minimize discomfort and avoid infection.

After about 3 to 4 months, your gums will have healed. During that time, the implant would have become firmly grafted into your jawbone. During your follow-up visit, if you are doing two-stage surgery, a second surgery will be performed to expose the implant head from under the gum. If you are doing single-stage surgery, the implant head will already be exposed above the gum line. An abutment (small connecting post) will be attached to each implant head.

At this time, the dentist will also take a mold of your mouth which will be sent to a laboratory. The mold will be used to design your customized restoration (crowns or bridges). A temporary crown may be fitted. Finally, there will be a third visit during which the custom-fitted restoration (artificial teeth) will be mounted onto the abutments. You will then have artificial teeth that look and function just like natural ones.

Sep
19

Dental Implant Procedure

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants are a safe, reliable dental procedure for replacing one or more missing teeth.  A dental implant is essentially an artificial tooth root that is permanently implanted in the patient’s jaw bone.  Once the dental implant is in place, it can be used to anchor a single prosthetic tooth, a bridge with several teeth, or even a complete set of dentures.

Placement of dental implants is a surgical procedure that is accomplished over the course of several months.  First, your dentist or oral surgeon will evaluate whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.  If there is insufficient jaw bone for placement of the implants, bone grafts may be necessary and any periodontal disease will need to be addressed before placing the implant.

Next, the implant, a small titanium anchor, will be surgically placed in the patient’s jawbone.  Implants can usually be placed using local anesthesia.  Some patients may be more comfortable oral or intravenous sedatives.

After the implant is placed, the site will be allowed to heal for several months which allows the implant sufficient time to fuse to the bone.  Once the implant site has fully healed, your dentist will use the implant to restore your missing tooth or multiple teeth.  For a single tooth, a post (called an abutment) is screwed into the implant and a crown is glued to the abutment in a manner similar to placing a crown on a natural tooth.

If several adjacent teeth are restored, the process is similar to placing a permanent bridge.  The bridge consists of a metal frame that supports the artificial teeth.  At each end of the bridge is a crown that is cemented to an abutment which has been screwed into an implant.  If the implants are to anchor a set of full dentures, special posts will be threaded into the implants and the denture will be snapped into place on these posts.

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