Dental Implants and what you need to know before considering them.

What is a Dental Implant? Is It Something I should Consider?

So, the real question is what do you do if one of your teeth falls out and what options do I have?

One option is to get a dental implant but before going down that path it is best to get the expert advice of a trained dentist. Since this is a very large decision is it best to get the trusted expertise of a dental team who has done this for many years like Rocklin Smiles.

Since this is a procedure where an oral surgeon or periodontist surgically places an artificial tooth that’s surgically fused in the jawbone it may be a difficult and costly option so explore all options with care.  While it is possibly a great long term option for tooth replacement it is also an option that needs to be weighed against other options.  Those other options can only be fully explained by an expert with years of experience. 

In the not too distant past, if you lost a tooth, your choices were a fixed bridge or removable dentures but times have changed and so have procedures so carefully investigate your options and which will work best for both you and your budget. 

The procedure of fixed bridges relies on neighboring healthy teeth used as anchors, which has the potential of a long term negative impact. Removable dentures can slip or make embarrassing clicking sounds when you speak so the options with this procedure need to be looked at closely.

A dental implant which is also an option (made of titanium) fuses to the jawbone, serving as the root of the missing tooth. Unlike fixed bridges, which may need to be replaced two and three times during a lifetime, implants are durable and rarely, if ever, need to be replaced.  

The Advantages of Implants may include:

  • Typically, they look great.Implants are aesthetically superior to bridges and dentures— they also stay put and look like your real teeth. 
  • They can save adjacent teeth. Because implants don’t need to be anchored to teeth next to them, they can preserve the overall integrity of your healthy teeth. No more decay of otherwise sound teeth.
  • They might help build confidence.  
  • They are reliable and can be trusted.  You don’t have to worry about misplacing implants as they aren’t going anywhere.  Unlike bridges, you won’t have to replace them but once.

Getting Implants is a process.

An implant procedure is not a quick one so don’t expect an overnight miracle as it just won’t happen. But, here is what to expect. 

  • You will receive a complete dental exam at which time your options and costs will be explained.
  • Included with the X-Rays might be a set of molds that provide the doctor with a detailed look at the problem and options for solutions.
  • Once you have been provided your options you will work closely with one of our doctors who will provide a detailed treatment plan along with options.
  • Once a decision has been made on the treatment plan you will then be treated and instructed on what to expect and what you need to do to make sure the treatment is successful.
  • Because dental implants do involve surgery the total recovery time might be as long as six months.  You will not be without some pain but in most cases the pain is manageable and the doctor will see to it that you are as pain free as possible.
  • After the surgery, will you need a ride from the doctor’s office back home.