When to Consider Dental Implants

Tooth loss is a problem for millions of Americans, and it happens for many reasons. Plenty of people will lose teeth due to gum disease, untreated tooth decay, oral cancer, and chronic diseases. 

Regardless of why you may lose teeth, there are multiple options to choose from to manage tooth loss, including dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. Of the three, dental implants provide more stability and last longer. But when is the right time to consider dental implants, and how long does the process take?

Residents in the Mamaroneck, New York, and Stamford, Connecticut, areas looking for dental implants can rely on the services of Dr. Gennadiy Kravets and his experienced staff at All Bright Dental. Our practice offers individualized care for the whole family using state-of-the-art technology to manage a wide variety of dental needs.

What are dental implants?

This is a procedure that replaces teeth by inserting a small metal post in your jaw and attaching an extension (called an abutment) and restoration, such as a crown, bridge, or dentures to the implant. 

A dental implant can be used to replace one or several teeth. It is the most permanent solution for replacing teeth. But the procedure also takes the longest to perform. But it is worth it because the results can last for years and sometimes even for a lifetime.

What is the dental implant procedure?

The implant process is performed in stages, starting with removing the damaged tooth or any remaining material where the implant will be placed. 

Since the titanium post is inserted directly in the jaw, your jawbone needs to be in optimal health before moving forward. If your jaw is too soft or not thick enough, bone grafting may be necessary to create a solid base for the implant. Your jaw will need time to heal after the implant is inserted, and if bone grafting is necessary, it will take longer (often several months).

Once the bone has grown completely around the implant (a process known as osseointegration), the abutment is attached. That extension is where the final crown or other restoration will be placed. Your gums need to heal before the restoration is attached.

Each stage of the process requires healing, and pain medications or antibiotics may be prescribed to manage any discomfort associated with the procedure. 

What separates dental implants from other restorative dentistry options?

Unlike dentures or bridges, the implant is permanently fixed to your jaw, which allows the restoration to be far more stable than other options. It also prevents your replacement teeth from shifting or falling out. 

That makes implants feel natural, so you can eat any food you want with no worry about your restoration shifting. 

The success rate of implants is very high, and we recommend them as the best long-term solution for replacing teeth.

When should you consider getting an implant?

The best candidates for dental implants are people who don’t smoke and are in good health. Be patient because the whole process takes several months. 

Once your implants are placed, it’s important to visit our dental team regularly and to practice optimal oral hygiene. Avoid foods that will damage your teeth, like hard candy, ice, and products that stain, like caffeine and tobacco.

If you’re ready for dental implants, make an appointment today with Dr. Kravets and All Bright Dental.

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