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Our teeth are anchored by a deep extension of bone and tissue known as the “root” of the tooth. When we lose a tooth due to trauma or extensive decay, we also lose this root section. Dental implants correct this damage via the insertion of a tiny man-made titanium screw. Once the jawbone fuses with this screw, a replacement tooth can be anchored to it. This new tooth will look, feel, and function much like the natural tooth that preceded it. Better still, there’s no limit on how many dental implants a patient can have. If someone has lost all of their natural teeth in an accident, for example, they can all be replaced. In addition to having aesthetic benefits, dental implants can preserve the shape of the face and prevent jaw issues. They also help to preserve the patient’s remaining natural teeth by providing support for them.
Though having a dental implant placed sounds like a major procedure, in reality, most patients report experiencing very little discomfort during the process. Because titanium screws are so strong, we only need to insert one small screw per tooth; this does not usually create a great deal of swelling or pain. Likewise, we use anesthesia and patient sedation to make sure all of our patients remain completely comfortable.
The implant procedure varies somewhat from person to person (depending on the condition of the patient’s jawbone and other factors), but implant surgery usually complete within 3-7 days. Once the screw has bonded with the bone and the surrounding tissues have healed sufficiently, your permanent tooth will be placed. You may also be given a temporary prosthetic tooth to wear while the screw is bonding with the bone.
In terms of cost, it’s impossible to give a realistic estimate without an in-person consultation. Dr. Ly will have to examine your mouth in order to determine how many implants you need and whether or not any additional procedures will have to be performed to ensure the health of your jaw and surrounding teeth. However, it’s important to note that dental insurance will usually cover a substantial portion of the cost of dental implants. Check your specific insurance plan in order to verify how much of the procedure will be covered.
Dental implants usually completely heal within 1-2 weeks. During this time, you may experience some mild pain and discomfort while chewing, so it’s a good idea to stock up on soft foods before having dental implants placed.
With proper care, your dental implants should last as long as a natural tooth would. In some cases, they may last even longer, as they are not prone to decay in the same way that natural teeth are. Dental implants have been shown to last for several decades in the absence of additional trauma to the mouth.
Most patients experience a far higher degree of satisfaction with dental implants than they do with dentures—Hence why this procedure has become so popular. Implants are more comfortable to use and more convenient. If you want to learn more about dental implants, please contact our Newmarket dental office for your free in-office consultation at 905-235-8200.
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