IMPROVE YOUR SMILE USING DENTAL IMPLANTS
Over the course of your lifetime, you might be missing one tooth, or some, or even a lot of your teeth because of an injury, natural aging, decay, or other reasons. It used to be that when you were missing a tooth or teeth, then you could only fix it using removable dentures or a bridge. However, with the advances in modern dentistry, you finally have the option of restoring a lost tooth or teeth with dental implants. Made to look natural and work like real teeth, implants can restore your smile whether you've lost a single tooth, several, or all your teeth. If you're considering a long-lasting, attractive dental restoration, ask your dental practitioner in Wake Forest, NC about dental implants. At DentalWorks - Wake Forest, we use high-quality implants and custom restorations for those who want a crown (for a single tooth), a bridge (a couple of teeth), partials (the majority of the teeth), or complete dentures (all the teeth on one or both arches). If you've been ignoring your lost teeth or you're frustrated with removable dentures, then you may be a good candidate for dental implants.
WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT?
An implant is a metal post that's screwed into the jawbone. Once your post(s) has healed into your jawbone and gums, then it'll be powerful enough to attach to your custom-made crown, bridge, or denture. At DentalWorks - Wake Forest, we offer implant placement with sedation to help keep patients relaxed and calm throughout the process. In addition, we provide top-quality crowns, bridges, and dentures for natural-looking outcomes. Based on which restoration is needed, one or multiple implants may be used to make sure your restoration is strong and secure. Our team at DentalWorks - Wake Forest will give you amazing care and knowledge as we restore your smile with dental implants.
WHAT MAKES DENTAL IMPLANTS THE RIGHT CHOICE?
If your tooth or teeth are lost, it may lead to multiple issues. The gap created by a lost tooth can allow your surrounding teeth to move and shift into misalignment. This malocclusion may lead to issues, such as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). Also, if there's no tooth root to stimulate the gum tissue and jawbone, atrophy may lead to other dental issues as well as deformity in your facial structure. Unlike conventional removable dentures or even a bridge and crown that's adhered in place, an implant-supported restoration helps to keep your gums and jawbone healthy. Another significant reason why Wake Forest, NC patients prefer implant-supported restorations is how normal that they appear and the way they work like your real teeth. Implants integrate with your mouth so the connected restoration is secure enough to eat most foods plus it needs no special care. When your restoration is attached, your teeth should be cleaned twice a day, also you should get cleanings and oral health examinations at your dentist's office in Wake Forest, NC. Compared to conventional bridges, crowns, and dentures, implanted restorations are longer lasting if cared for properly.
TYPES OF IMPLANTS
Based on the number of teeth you're missing, you might need an implanted crown, bridge, or dentures:
- IMPLANT-SUPPORTED CROWN
An implant-supported crown replaces one tooth. When your implant has healed into your jawbone and gums, a custom crown can be connected. The crown will be shaped and shaded to match with your teeth for a beautiful outcome.
- IMPLANT-SUPPORTED BRIDGE
For extra security, an implant may be connected to your bridge. An implanted bridge utilizes one post that is connected to a false tooth, which is attached to crowns that are put on top of neighboring teeth.
- IMPLANTED PARTIAL DENTURES
To restore several, but not all your teeth on one arch, implanted partials may be utilized. Implants will be placed at strategic points then connected to your customized partials.
- IMPLANTED FULL DENTURES
When you're missing all your teeth on your top and/or bottom arch, implanted complete dentures are available. After several implants have been placed and healed into your jawbone and gums, custom dentures can be connected.
THE IMPLANT PROCESS
Once you and your Wake Forest, NC dentist have decided an implant-supported restoration is right for you, an implant surgery can be scheduled. Prior to your appointment, your dentist will take x-rays along with other advanced imaging to make a graph of the ideal place to place the implant(s). The day of the appointment, you'll have to follow any directions provided by your team. At DentalWorks - Wake Forest, we provide many methods of sedation to help keep you comfortable during your procedure. Once you're ready and your mouth is prepped, your dentist will make an incision through your gums so they can place the implant. This will be repeated if several posts are needed. When the implant(s) is set, the incision(s) will be closed. The visible part of the post(s) can be covered with a temporary cover to protect it as your gums and jawbone heal. Your dentist can write a prescription for antibiotics, pain medicine, and/or an anti-inflammatory to help during your healing. You should aim to take it easy following implant surgery and eat a soft foods or liquid diet. You'll have to schedule a follow-up appointment 7 –10 days following your procedure to get your stitches taken out and so that your dentist can examine your recovery progress.
It will take about 3 – 6 months for osseointegration (the process of your implants healing into your tissue and bone). In this time period, you might need to schedule more appointments with your dentist in Wake Forest, NC so they can examine your healing progress and gauge how much time it will be before your custom restoration can be attached. After your implant(s) is strong enough, your dentist will schedule an appointment to finish the procedure. Although the final visit ought to be fairly simple and cause little to no discomfort, numbing cream together with a sedation method may be used to help keep you comfy. After your temporary cover is taken off, your team will connect your custom restoration to the post(s) and make small adjustments as necessary to enhance the overall fit. Before you go, your dentist will discuss care instructions for your implant-supported restoration.
CARING FOR YOUR IMPLANT-SUPPORTED RESTORATIONS
Among the main advantages of all implanted restorations is they are treated exactly like your natural teeth. You can eat caramel, corn on the cob, along with other foods without worrying about your teeth coming out. But, it's important to take care of your teeth using a home oral hygiene regimen. You should floss and brush at least two times per day. If you want assistance with your brushing and flossing technique, our staff at DentalWorks - Wake Forest is pleased to show you and provide you hints during your exam and cleaning. You need to continue to schedule and attend your yearly oral health examination and twice-yearly cleanings with your dentist in Wake Forest, NC. Sometimes, your dentist may suggest visiting more frequently for examinations or cleanings. Even though implant-supported restorations are durable, you might have to get them replaced at some point. At your examination, your dentist will assess your restoration and implant(s) so that they can let you know whether you will need a replacement.
GET READY FOR IMPLANTS
Dental implants can restore not just your appearance, but your life. They enhance the aesthetics of your grin and return you to everyday activities like laughing, eating, or even talking with other people without the stress of a hole in your grin or a loose restoration. Whether you want to replace one tooth or several teeth, dental implants bring back your confidence. To learn more, call our office in Wake Forest, NC and schedule a dental implant consultation.