Missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious when eating, talking or smiling, and create oral health problems for you as well. But today, a dental implant procedure can give you a replacement tooth that looks, feels and functions as naturally as the original. Here’s how to deciding to get a dental implant is right for you.
What Is a Dental Implant?
An implant is an artificial tooth “root” surgically placed in your mouth, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. Made of metallic (titanium) and bone-like ceramic materials that are compatible with your jaw, implants fuse with your bone to support a crown, bridge or full denture. The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP)describes two types of implants: An endosteal implant is the most common, and is placed into the bone, whereas a subperiosteal implant is positioned on the bone for patients who have inadequate bone height or can’t wear traditional dentures.
Not Everyone is a Ready Candidate For Dental Implants
Have you ever had the dream where one or more of your teeth fall out? What do you do if you lose a tooth in real life?
One option is to get a dental implant. This is a procedure where an oral surgeon or periodontist surgically places an artificial tooth that’s surgically fused in the jawbone—a fantastic long-term option for tooth replacement. Decades ago, if you lost a tooth, your choices were a fixed bridge or removable dentures. Fixed bridges rely on neighboring healthy teeth as anchors, which can have a negative impact on them down the road. And, removable dentures can slip or make embarrassing clicking sounds when you speak.
A dental implant—made of titanium metal—fuses to the jawbone, serving as the root of the missing tooth. Unlike fixed bridges, which may need to be replaced two and three times during a lifetime, implants are durable and rarely, if ever, need to be replaced.
There is More than One Type of Implant
Did you know that it’s possible to receive more than one type of implant? Your dentist may recommend individual dental implants in Oxnard near Camarillo or the professional may recommend that you consider what’s known as an All on Four implant solution. Both of them work well, but it’s up to you and your dentist to determine which solution will work best.
Individual implants fill in the empty sockets where your original teeth used to reside. After the implants are in position, they are fitted with a set of temporary caps. Later on, you will receive the permanent caps. Opting for this approach will mean spending a few weeks or months having the implants installed, being fitted for the permanent caps, and making sure everything is done properly.
With the All on Four Solution, custom upper and lower dental plates are prepared. Four implants are sunk in the upper and lower jaws and the plates are then attached. The nice thing about this approach is that it can often be done in a single day. You can literally walk into the dental office without any teeth and emerge hours later with what appears to be a full set of healthy teeth.
You Should Go Over Your Medications With the Dentist Before the Implant Surgery
If you are taking any type of prescription or over the counter medication, it pays to talk with your dentist well before the date of the Anacapa dental implant surgery. The goal is to determine if any of those medications could thin the blood and create complications. If so, you may need to discontinue taking them a few days prior to the procedure.
The same holds true if you take any type of herbal product. Do some research and find out if any of the herbs tend to thin the blood. If so, they should not be taken for few days before and a few days after the implants surgery.
You May Receive Sedation Prior to the Procedure
You can expect to receive a shot to deaden the gums in preparation for the implant surgery. For people who are dealing with anxiety issues or phobias that make it difficult to remain in the dental chair for long periods, you may also receive some sort of sedation. It won’t be enough to put you completely to sleep, but you are not likely to remember much about the actual procedure.
Remember that if you currently take something to manage your anxiety disorder, let the dentist know in advance. If possible, you may need to avoid taking the medication for at least 24 hours prior to the surgery. When your condition does not allow that, the dentist may ensure that the sedation is adjusted to compensate for what you already take. Rest assured that your condition will be monitored before, during, and after the dental implants are in place.
Deciding for Implants are Considered a Permanent Solution
An implant procedure is not a quick one. Here’s what will happen:
- Complete dental exam. This may include X-rays and molds made of your mouth.
- Treatment plan. You will work closely with your dental provider to create a treatment plan. Before the procedure, your provider will take into consideration the number of teeth that need to be replaced and the condition of your jawbone. After the procedure, you will be instructed on how implant teeth should be cared for, which is essentially the same way as your regular teeth: brushing and flossing to avoid plaque.
- Procedure. Placing dental implants involves several surgical procedures, which all together can take three to nine months or more. It’s a lengthy journey, but much of the time is for healing and allowing new bone to grow in your jaw.
> The dental implant cylinder is placed in your jawbone.
> You will have a healing period of several months.
> Once healed, an abutment is placed, followed by an implant prosthesis or crown.
- Pain control during treatment. You will be given a form of anesthesia during the procedure (local or general anesthesia, or sedation. You should be sure that you have someone to take you home after the procedure.
Implants Help to Preserve the Integrity of Your Jaw Line
Another point in favor of dental implants is how they help maintain the natural shape of your jaw. Not everyone realizes that the jaw bones begin to shift when there are no longer teeth to fill those sockets. As the shifting progresses, the bottom part of your face will seem to shrink. When you choose implants, that won’t happen.
Caring for Implants is a Lot Like Caring For Real Teeth
Caring for dental implants in Oxnard is a lot like taking care of natural teeth. You still brush after meals and go in for annual exams. You can even go in for cleanings once or twice a year. If you are used to using mouthwash, keep doing so. It will not harm the dental implants at all.
With One Possible Exception
There is one possible change to your daily dental hygiene if you get dental implants in Oxnard. Flossing is something that one dentist may recommend while the next one discourages it. The reason is because the natural membrane around the base of a real tooth is no longer present once an implant is in position. That makes it easier to scratch the gum tissue while flossing.
Dentists either recommend to not floss at all, or learn how to do so without rubbing it around the base of the implant. You and your dental professional can decide what’s best in your case.
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