At dentalhouse Liberty Village, our dentists may place a dental implant as part of the process to replace a missing tooth.
What is a Dental Implant?
This small titanium screw mimics the function of a natural tooth root and can be used to replace a single missing tooth or a group of teeth.
The implant will be surgically placed in your jaw bone, where it will bond with the natural bone and serve as a tooth replacement anchor.
Dental implants can help to prevent adjacent teeth from shifting, relieve jaw joint pain or bite issues, and restore your appearance and facial tissues.
Why Replace Missing Teeth
When a tooth is lost, the teeth around it may begin to shift out of place to fill the void. This can result in facial collapse and misalignment.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Your dentist will place a dental implant (titanium screw) and a tooth replacement during a dental implant procedure.
To begin, the implant is surgically placed beneath the gum tissue in your jaw bone. The implant bonds to the bone and attaches to the gum as the tissue heals.
Patients return to our office to complete the procedure once they have healed (usually 3 to 6 months after surgery).
At this appointment, the tooth replacement will be attached. A denture, dental crown, or bridge may be recommended.
Dental Implant FAQs
Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions about dental implants at dentalhouse Liberty Village.
- How long does a dental implant last?
Provided your implants are cared for properly, they can last a lifetime. Brush your implants properly and floss at home to ensure your implants last as long as possible. Also, ensure you attend regular exams and hygiene cleanings at your dental office.
The longevity of your dental implant may also be impacted by other factors such as genetics, nutrition and the development of any dental diseases.
- How do I care for my dental implants?
Care for your dental implant just as you would your natural teeth.
Visiting your dentist for regular hygiene appointments and keeping up with proper brushing and flossing at home will go a long way to preventing diseases or decay from developing in your teeth and gums, which can negatively impact your dental implants.
- Does getting a dental implant hurt?
Anesthesia will be administered during your dental implant surgery to ensure you feel as comfortable as possible with no pain during the procedure.
After the procedure, patients do not typically experience much discomfort. Most patients can manage any pain with over-the-counter pain medication for a few days following the procedure.
You'll also need to eat a soft diet for the first couple of weeks following your procedure to avoid any irritation or pain at the surgical site.
- How long does the dental implant process take?
It takes between two to nine months to complete the entire implant procedure, depending on your treatment plan.
Your dentist will be able to provide you with a more precise timeline based on your specific case and requirements.
- Will my insurance cover dental implants?
While dental implants will be covered by some insurance plans, some will only pay part of the cost, and others won't pay for any part of it.
To determine which part, if any, of your dental implant treatment your insurance will cover, check with your insurance provider.