Dental implants are a type of prosthodontics treatment. That is, they help to provide a solution for missing teeth. If you have lost one or more teeth, you may hate that opening and gap in your smile. Implants can solve this. They are a type of oral surgery, but this does not have to be something that is too worrisome to you. At Lovett Dental Kohrville, we offer a range of options to help you.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are placed during oral surgery. During this procedure, you will be sedated and will not feel pain. We will then work to open up spaces where the tooth should sit and insert the dental implant into the bone present. The bone then works to fuse with the implant to create a strong bond. This process does not take long, but it is a surgical procedure.
When we add dental implants into the bone, they will remain there for a bit to heal before we can add the abutment, which is an attachment to it. This attachment then holds a crown or another prosthodontics application in place. This creates a natural-looking tooth that is very secure and strong. It works and feels just like a natural tooth.
What Happens If the Bone Is Bad?
One of the concerns during the implementation process for dental implants is the overall health of the bone. To hold the implant in place, we need there to be enough healthy and strong bone present. Sometimes, this is not the case. We may use bone grafting to help improve the quality of the bone. During this process, we remove a portion of bone from another area of your body to place it into this area. We also have alternatives to natural bones that can be used. This may make the oral surgery procedure take a bit longer, but it is still very safe.
Is Oral Surgery Safe?
The procedure itself is safe. Yet, there are potential risks that can occur. Our goal is to provide you with a full understanding of what those risks are before the procedure. You will learn about the risks of using anesthesia, infection, and other concerns as they apply to you. As noted, this is a very safe procedure for most people.
Why Use Implants?
As one of the most effective teeth replacement options available, implants can work very well in the long term. They can last over 20 years. They are strong enough to allow you to have an effective bite. They are also designed to give you a natural-looking smile you can feel good about. They tend to be more comfortable and natural-looking than dentures, too.
Is It Right for You?
If you need teeth replacement or prosthodontics of any type, we encourage you to come in to see our team for a full consultation. We can talk about many of the solutions available for protecting your oral health. There are times when we can protect your teeth and avoid tooth extraction as well.
We offer a range of services to help you, including:
- Fillings and sealants
- Tooth extraction procedures
- Denture installation and care
- Dental implant specialists
- Periodontal disease treatment
Take a minute to consider your smile. Do you want to get rid of the damaged teeth and have a healthy-looking smile again? We can help you do that.
Explore Your Dental Options at Lovett Dental Kohrville
Dental implants may be just what you need to restore your smile and help you to get long-lasting relief from dental pain. We encourage you to wait to make decisions about them. Instead, come in to speak to us about prosthodontics options in our office. Contact us by calling 832.662.3205 today to learn more.