What’s a dental implant?

graphic of a dental implant

Time after time we have patients coming into the office seeking a more permanent solution to tooth loss. More often than not they have tried dentures or other removable prosthetics and are unhappy with their results. Removable prosthetics are frustrating because they need to be removed to be cleaned, often get food underneath them, and tend to slip and impact speech.

Permanent prosthetics like implants are the complete opposite. They are affixed firmly in your jaw and topped with a permanent crown. They function just like your natural teeth so you never have to worry about taking them out to be cleaned or securing them using denture glue.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are a permanent solution because they implant a metal rod into your jaw and fix it with a permanent crown that looks and acts like your natural teeth. The typical implant process takes several months because your bones need to heal from the surgery. However, at the end of the surgery, you have a mouth that is completely functional and does not require additional care.

Before you get implants you’ll need to come in and see Dr. Sadati for a consultation. He will take x-rays, create impressions, and perform a thorough exam so that he has a clear visualization of what he is working with.

If he decides you’re a candidate, you’ll come in and be put under general anesthesia. Dr. Sadati will clean your entire mouth and remove any infection. He will then insert metal rods in each space where a tooth will go. If necessary, a bone graft will also be performed to provide enough of a solid foundation for the rod.

After the surgery, you’ll be sent home with postoperative instructions. Because your bone has been drilled into, you can expect healing to take several months. After healing you’ll come in to have your permanent crowns affixed.

What are dental implants like?

Dental implants provide patients with an attractive smile that has been restored to its natural function. While the process takes time, the end result is one that lasts a lifetime and it well worth it to patients.

How do I care for implants?

Your implants are super easy to care for. Simply follow a healthy oral hygiene routine that includes brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and getting in for two cleanings a year and you should be good to go.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

The ideal candidate for dental implants will be healthy and free of any systemic infections or problems, however, the only way to truly know if you’re a candidate is to come in and see Dr. Sadati for a consultation. Give us a call to schedule an appointment or get answers to any questions you might have.