Dental Implants Explained
There are many reasons you could be missing a tooth. Despite an excellent dental hygiene routine, factors like periodontal disease and injury could lead to a need for a dental implant. These advanced devices are typically made of metal like titanium and act as an artificial tooth root. After your dentist places the implant in your tooth socket, your jawbone will heal around it, forming a secure seal. After this healing process is complete, a tiny connector called an abutment is attached to the implant to provide a base for a replacement tooth. Depending on the condition of your smile, you may be eligible for a single implant or full mouth dental implants. Your dentist can further advise you on the healthiest option for your teeth.
What to Expect at Your Dental Implant Appointment
When you arrive at Lakeside Dental, Dr. Century or Dr. Singla will conduct a thorough evaluation of your teeth to determine the best solution for your oral condition. If an implant is necessary, we will fully explain the process so you can make an informed decision. At Lakeside Dental, we use advanced 3D computer imaging to determine the perfect location for your implant. There’s no guesswork – just precise and accurate care. When you are ready to receive your implant, Dr. Century or Dr. Singla will carefully apply anesthetic to the area around your missing tooth and make sure you’re completely numb before beginning the procedure. After your implant is inserted, we will walk you through the next steps and design a post-op care routine that works best for you.
The Logistics of Dental Implants
If you choose to receive dental implants, you will need to come in for multiple procedures. After the initial implant is inserted, you will have to wait 6-12 weeks before one of our dentists can attach the abutment. An additional healing period of two weeks is then required before the artificial tooth can be installed. Dental implants are typically not covered by insurance, so cost may be a factor to keep in mind when choosing a cosmetic dental service. Some insurance plans come with cosmetic dental coverage, so be sure to check your policy. Despite the time commitment and financial aspects, most patients feel that implants are worth the investment. When properly cared for, your dental implants can last for the rest of your life. They will function in exactly the same way as natural teeth and are far more comfortable than dentures or bridges. In addition, your replacement teeth are molded and sculpted to match the rest of your unique smile, creating a seamless finish that will look entirely natural.
Dental Implants: We Do Them Differently
Missing teeth are difficult to cope with, and they can lead to other poor health outcomes. Many dental offices provide dental implants, but few perform this procedure the way we do. We use advanced 3D imaging and computer-assisted surgical planning. This allows our dentists to identify the precise location that is most ideal for the placement of your new implant. With greater precision comes a better outcome—and a more beautiful smile.