Many people don’t give much thought to their teeth until they start to lose them. It’s only then that people start to appreciate what they once had. Thankfully, dental implants can restore your confidence while also improving your overall oral health and physical wellness. Dental implants work very differently than the dental bridges or dentures that were once the only options for people with missing tooth. Dental implants look better, feel better, are easier to maintain, and will last much longer.
If you’re missing a tooth or several teeth and live in St. Peters, contact our office today. You’ll be amazed at the options now available, and the beautiful smile you’ll boast when the procedure is over.
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What are Dental Implants?
Many people think that dental implants are fake teeth. It’s true that artificial teeth are an important part of the dental implant process. However, the actual implant is a metal screw that’s inserted into your gums. This sounds intimidating, but it’s a very simple procedure that can be done right in our office. After the implant has been inserted, the artificial tooth can then be placed onto it.
Dental implants are very versatile and can be used in a number of different situations. If you are only missing one or two teeth, you may choose a single implant. This is just one screw that’s inserted into the area of the missing tooth. If you are missing several teeth, but they are all in a row, a few implants can be inserted into the jawbone. This can help support a permanent bridge, or a set of replacement teeth.
For those that have lost many teeth, or all of their teeth, a whole mouth or denture-secured implant may be a better choice. These, like single and multiple implants, are permanently fixed in the mouth using a number of implants that are strategically placed.
The Dental Implant Placement Process
At first glance, the dental implant process can sound daunting. Like anything else though, a bit of knowledge can remove the fear, so it’s important to understand how the process works before determining if it’s right for you.
If you have unhealthy teeth, or teeth that are broken or otherwise beyond the small repair of a filling, you may need a tooth extraction before receiving the implant. Once the existing tooth is removed, implants can often be placed right away. However, even if a tooth was extracted years ago, the area is often still suitable to accept a dental implant.
After your mouth has healed from the extraction, you can then have the implant placed into the gum. Implants are typically made out of thin titanium, which is the same material surgeons use for hip replacements. The procedure is a precise one, but doesn’t take very long and can typically be done right in the office.
Once the implant has been placed, you will need to allow some time to pass before getting the artificial tooth. There is usually a two to six month waiting period between the two procedures. Over this period of time, the implant will fuse to the jawbone, which is what makes dental implants so permanent and so strong.
After your mouth has completely healed, an implant dentist will then place a permanent crown on your implant. This implant is created to be the same size, shape, and even shading as your other, natural teeth.
While many people have a fear of the dentist, it’s important to understand that placing dental implants is painless. A dentist will use a local anesthetic and ensure you are completely numb before beginning any work.
Following careful after-care instructions, the placement site should not become infected or cause you any pain while it is healing from the placement. Lastly, placing the artificial tooth onto the implant is very simple and typically only takes a few minutes. This process too, is painless.
Caring for Your Dental Implant
After going through the process of having your dental implant placed, it’s then crucial that you take proper care of it. Dental implants are not like your other teeth, but you should still care for them like they are. This means your implant will need regular brushing and flossing at least twice a day.
It’s also important that you keep your twice-yearly cleaning appointments. This will help ensure your dental implant, along with all your other teeth, are getting the deep cleaning they need. It also allows your implant dentist to check on the implant and ensure it has healed properly and that there are no complications.
Something many people forget is that you must treat your implant well, just as you do your other teeth. This means you shouldn’t chew on ice, use your teeth to open packages, and you should wear a night guard if you grind your teeth while you sleep.
While your dental implant will never get a cavity or become infected, the area around it is still susceptible to gum infections and disease. As such, you need to ensure you take good care of them to keep them in their best condition for as long as possible.
Call ActOn Implants and Start Smiling with Confidence
If you’ve lost a tooth or several teeth, it’s important to understand you don’t have to live with the self-consciousness you likely feel. You also don’t have to rely on traditional replacement alternatives such as dentures or bridges. An implant dentist in St. Peters can give you back your smile, and help your overall health and wellness, too.
If you’re unhappy with your teeth and are ready for a change, call us at ActOn Implants today at (636) 242-1895. We only use implants of the highest quality so you can be sure your implants will last for a long time and keep you smiling for years to come. Call us today or reach out to us online and learn more about what we can do for you and your oral health.
Choose ActOn Implants For Your St. Peters, Missouri Dental Implants
Whether you are missing one tooth or many, Dr. Slaven and his team can help. Contact our office today to schedule your initial consultation. During your first consultation, Dr. Slaven will work with you to provide a customized, affordable plan for replacing your teeth and helping you get the smile you want.