Dental implants are a great way to restore your ability to eat, speak and smile with confidence. An implant involves surgically fusing an artificial tooth into the jawbone. When considering a dental implant, you need to choose a skilled oral surgeon to perform the procedure. It may make the difference between your implant looking and feeling natural or causing discomfort and bearing no resemblance to your natural teeth. Dental implants are durable, and may never need to be replaced so it’s important to get it right the first time.
Some important things to keep in mind when getting dental implants:
Find an Expert
You want an oral surgeon who understands both the surgical and cosmetic aspects of placing a dental implant. Ask your oral surgeon questions about the procedure as well as questions about themselves, their experience with placing dental implants, and their success rates.
Dental implants used to require a tooth be removed and time for the socket to heal before placing the implant. Surgical advancements such as those practiced by Davis Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center, often allow the tooth to be removed and an implant and replacement tooth inserted the same day. It’s likely that you won’t have to leave the office with a gap in your smile that would previously be there for several weeks. Of course each person is different, so you and your oral surgeon should discuss which implement procedure is best for your situation.
Recovery From Surgery
Recovery time varies between dental implant types and procedures. Modern surgical techniques can result in minimally invasive procedures. Recovery time is greatly reduced as is swelling and post-operative pain. You should discuss minimally invasive approaches with your oral surgeon.
Dental implants last longer than the alternatives. A bridge requires filing two adjacent teeth which makes them weaker susceptible to decay. Dentures don’t often fit properly and can interfere with your ability to taste. A dental implant will fit seamlessly into your mouth and provide a permanent replacement that looks, feels, and functions like a normal tooth.
Care Of The Dental Implant
You care for a dental implant just like you do your normal teeth. Brush twice daily, floss, and see your dentist for normal cleanings and to maintain a healthy mouth.
To find out if dental implants are right for you, contact Davis Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center in Raleigh, or call 919-488-2194 to schedule an evaluation.