What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an exceptional option to restore your smile by replacing a missing tooth with a high-quality and durable ceramic crown made to match your natural teeth.
There are multiple benefits to having dental implants such as:
- Improved speech
- Improved oral health
- Their durability in possibly lasting a lifetime
- Helps maintain the jaw bone from atrophy after a tooth extraction
Dr. Atcha recommends taking action immediately after an adult tooth falls out, because the natural consequence of missing teeth is that people lose 25% of their supporting jaw bone structure within the first year, and bone loss continues over the years after tooth loss.
Dr. Atcha also offers same day dental implants depending on the situation of your tooth.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
If you have broken or decayed teeth that are beyond repair or if you have missing teeth, then dental implants could be a solution. In addition, if you have dentures or a bridge, having a dental implant or same day dental implant could also benefit you.
What can I expect during the dental implant procedure?
Dr. Atcha uses local anesthesia around the surgical area to ensure your comfort. Following this, he extracts your damaged tooth and makes a tiny incision in your gum pocket to insert a titanium screw into the upper or lower jaw. This screw acts as an anchor for the ceramic crown.
At the end of your visit, Dr. Atcha stitches up the incision and allows three to six months of recovery time for your dental implant to fuse with your jaw bone, giving it a stable foundation for the next treatment phase.
During your second visit, Dr. Atcha places an abutment onto the implant, which acts as a base for your new custom-made tooth called a ceramic crown.
What can I expect after receiving a dental implant?
Dr. Atcha recommends slowly easing back into your daily activities and resting in bed for the first 24 hours following surgery. Some side effects include bleeding, bruising, and swelling at the surgical site. These side effects should subside within a few days following your treatment.
Regularly brushing, flossing, and having semi-annual dental check-ups can ensure your dental implants last a lifetime although 25-30 years is the average.