For McLean residents with one or more missing teeth, dental implants from McLean Dental Care are one fantastic way of restoring their smiles once again. Dental implants are strong, durable, natural-looking and dependable, making them a popular choice in restorative dentistry. Are you considering visiting McLean Dental Care for dental implants but you have a few questions first? Here's what you need to know.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are medical devices that replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of three parts: a titanium screw, a natural-looking crown and an abutment that connects the two together.
How Are Dental Implants Placed?
Dental implants are placed into the gaps where missing teeth once were by using a titanium screw to secure the implant to the jawbone. The process generally requires several months as each piece is placed separately and the area is allowed to heal before each new piece is placed.
How Long Do Dental Implants Take to Place?
Depending on the complexity of the case and the number of implants being placed at one time, the process of placing implants, can take anywhere from half an hour to three or four hours. Then, after a three to six month waiting period, the abutment is placed. After two to six more weeks, the new crown or crowns are fitted. You should expect to make at least one follow-up visit if not more, to make sure that the fit is just right.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
If properly taken care of, dental implants are permanent and will last a lifetime.
Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?
Not everyone who wants to get dental implants will qualify. You must have a strong and thick jawbone, you can't be a smoker, you must have good oral health, and you can't have other medical conditions which would make surgery dangerous. Talk to your doctor at McLean Dental Care to find out if you would be a good candidate for dental implants - you never know until you ask.
Do Dental Implants Hurt?
The process of placing dental implants should not be painful, as the doctor will give you an anesthetic. You may need to take an over-the-counter pain reliever for a few days afterwards, but the pain should not be severe. Once the area has healed, you should not feel your implants at all!
What Advantages Do Dental Implants Offer Over Other Tooth Restoration Procedures?
Dental implants are strong, durable, natural looking and dependable. They don't slip, slide or fall out, and they are easy to clean and maintain. They feel completely comfortable and are 100 percent natural looking, so it won't be long until everyone forgets that your teeth aren't your own - including you!
Deciding to visit McLean Dental Care for dental implants can be a big decision. Don't hesitate to call if you have any questions or concerns. We'd love to speak with you and help you achieve that beautiful, picture-perfect smile you've been wanting.