What Are Dental Implants?
If you have a gap in your mouth from a missing tooth or teeth, schedule an appointment to learn more about dental implants at KFA Dental Excellence. You may benefit from dental implants if you are tired of loose crowns or removable dentures. For long-lasting restorations for a missing tooth or teeth, our dentists are happy to provide dental implants for our patients in Farmingdale, NY. Dental implants are metal posts that are surgically placed in your gums and jawbone to act as the missing tooth root. The post (or posts) can be connected to a crown, bridge, or denture for a tooth reconstruction that looks beautiful and can function just like your natural teeth.
Will I Benefit from a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth by connecting to a crown, denture, or bridge. You may prefer an implant if you have a dental restoration, but don't like the look or comfort of what you had done. In your dental implant consultation, one of our dentists will evaluate the health of your jawbone and gums to determine if a dental implant is the best choice for you. We may need to complete other procedures before your implant, like a bone or gum graft surgery to strengthen your mouth. Dental implants may not be best if you use tobacco products, are pregnant, or have an issue, like gum disease.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
The first step in getting dental implants is addressing any issues that are present in your mouth. You may have damaged teeth extracted, gum grafts, or bone grafts in order to prepare your mouth for implants. When you're ready for the implant to be placed, we will give you local anesthesia in the treatment area to numb your mouth. If you have fear or anxiety, different sedation methods can be added to keep you comfortable during the treatment. One of our dentists will make an incision in your gum and put the post in your jawbone. The incision in your gums will be closed with part of the implant visible above the gumline. This process will continue if several implants are needed. As the implant fuses into the bone and gum over the next few months, a temporary crown or cover will be placed over the implant. As soon as your dentist decides your implant is stable, your restoration (denture, crown, or bridge) can be connected to your post. After that, we will work with you to ensure it's comfortable.
What Will it Be Like After I Get a Dental Implant?
You may notice some swelling in your mouth and lower face or may experience discomfort, bruising, and some minor bleeding after your implant procedure. Rest assured, however, this should not last long and is normal. If necessary, we can give you a prescription for pain medication. Once your dental implants have integrated and your restoration is attached, you should follow a good oral care routine. Your annual exams and biannual professional cleanings at KFA Dental Excellence will also be important for checking and tracking your oral health and dental implants. During these appointments, our dentists will decide if and when your implant needs adjusting.
Dental implants may be a good option if you are seeking a natural-looking replacement for missing teeth that is easy to clean and can last for a long time. One of our incredible dentists will help you understand the steps needed to receive implants, including the necessary surgery, and your options on the final restorations. If you would like to get more information on dental implants, schedule an appointment at KFA Dental Excellence today.