Dental implants are surgical-grade root devices that support permanent tooth prosthetics that are manufactured to last a lifetime. These artificial roots are anchored in the bone beneath the gums where they become fused into the jaw. A crown is placed on atop of the implant for a long-lasting and natural looking smile. Many dentists and patients prefer dental implants because they offer the same function as natural teeth and also help prevent reduction in bone in the jaw. Dental implants may be used to replace a single missing or damaged tooth or to restore an entire set of teeth to create a beautiful smile.
Did you know that approximately 30 million people live with no natural teeth in one or both jaws? But more and more patients are opting for dental implants for tooth replacement.
You can opt for dental implants if you have missing, broken or severely decayed teeth. The only way of determining if implants are right for you, is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Viral to identify whether you have adequate bone support and healthy gums that will support the new tooth structure.
The procedure of dental implants is a multi-step process that typically takes between 6 and 9 months to complete. It begins with a surgical procedure during which a titanium rod is placed where a previous natural tooth root was present. The gums are sutured over the implant, where is will stay for a week while it heals and begins fusing with the surrounding bone. Due to the nature of implant placement and its average procedure time of between 1 and 2 hours, you’ll be sedated and/or anesthetized for the duration of the treatment. At the end of the healing period, you’ll return to be fitted for permanent crowns and have them placed.
It is normal to experience some discomfort, including bruising and swelling after a dental implant procedure. However, inflammation and pain may be managed with medications or pain medication as prescribed by Dr. Viral. You may be asked to eat only soft foods for approximately 2 weeks until the surgical site heals.