We’re all aware the smile is the first thing people notice about someone. For people with imperfect teeth, this can be troubling. A full smile conveys happiness, positivity and joy — for someone who is missing teeth, it is more difficult to convey those things. Dental implants are an amazing procedure that can help anyone with missing teeth get their smile back.
A dental implant is a false tooth root, surgically placed into the jawbone and then a crown or fabricated tooth is attached, resulting in a permanent-looking and feeling tooth. Dental implants can replace single missing teeth, multiple missing teeth in varying locations or full arches. Depending on your case, the doctors will determine how they can build your best smile with as few implants as necessary for the look you want.
If you are missing a single tooth and are interested in implants, the first step is to make a consultation appointment. When you arrive we will first determine if your mouth is healthy and can safely undergo the implant procedure. We will take 3D images of your mouth, jaw, and nasal cavity. If you have sufficient jawbone and your teeth and gums are healthy we will show you where the implant will be placed based on your 3D image. We will talk about a payment plan that works for you, and schedule your surgery date.
When the big day arrives, we will be sure you are comfortable. It is exciting to start the process — you should be feeling nervous but excited! Under local anesthesia we will prep and then place the dental implant. You won’t feel a thing. And, if you’d prefer to wear noise canceling headphones during the procedure they are available and encouraged. Once the implant is placed you will head home for a little R&R. You will want to plan to take it easy for a day or two, and follow the post-op instructions the doctor sends with you.
The healing process is more than just ‘healing’ during the few months between implant and crown placement, your body is working hard to incorporate the implant into the jawbone. This can take a bit of time and is important for the longevity of your implant. It’s hard not to be impatient during this time, but remember your body is doing amazing work! Amazing things are worth the wait.
When you are 100% healed, you will come back in for your crown (tooth) to be attached to the implant. This is an exciting day. When you see your smile for the first time in the mirror, you’ll feel a rush of relief, happiness, satisfaction, and hope. This is by far one of our favorite moments.
While traditional dentures offer certain benefits, many patients dislike the anxiety of potential slipping, or the uncomfortable fit. If you have been wearing dentures, or are considering getting dentures, you might be interested in a more permanent solution: Implant supported dentures.
Like the name suggests, instead of removable dentures, these dentures are securely locked into strategically placed dental implants. The result is a younger-looking and beautiful smile that won’t slip or cause discomfort.
We have several flexible financing options for our implant patients. Don’t let price get in the way of your life. We will work out a plan that works for you.