Dental Implants: What are they?
Dental implants have become a choice treatment option for many patients who are missing one or more teeth. A dental implant is a replacement tooth “root” constructed of medical grade titanium. Dental implants are extremely stable, strong, and natural looking.
How does it work?
The implant is inserted into the jawbone in the area of a missing tooth, and a crown is constructed to replace the visible portion of the tooth. Dental implant surgery is generally less painful than having a tooth surgically extracted. The implant is placed into the jawbone, allowed to heal and bond to the surrounding bone in the next two to six months. While the healing process takes place, the patient may wear a temporary replacement tooth. Once the implant has healed in the surrounding bone, a post is attached to the implant. At this point, we build a crown for the tooth. The final result is a replacement tooth that looks, feels and acts like a natural tooth.
Do they hurt?
If you haven’t been to a dental office in a while, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Today’s dentistry is faster than ever before, and procedures are virtually pain-free. All of our staff members are highly trained to make each of your visits as pleasant and pain-free as possible. We have many options to help you relax here, including topical anesthetic, local anesthetic, nitrous oxide, and headsets. We have been able to relax and calm even the most anxious dental patient.