Orange, CA, dentist answers your questions about dental implants
Implants are becoming a popular choice for patients who need to replace a missing tooth, or teeth. However, many patients still have plenty of questions about the procedure and about what to expect during the process. Below, Dr. Kwon answers many of the most frequently asked questions.
Why would I need implants?
Dental implants are used to replace teeth that have been lost due to decay or damage. For example, a tooth with a cavity that goes untreated can become so severely damaged that it can't be saved, or a tooth can become badly broken or damaged during an accident or a fall.
What, exactly, is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a replacement tooth root. A titanium metal rod is placed into the jawbone. The bone heals and grows around the implant, providing it with great support. After the bone grows, a replacement tooth is attached to the metal post.
Is there any reason implants wouldn't work for me?
Implants require a certain amount of bone density to ensure that the post stays strong and secure. Your dentist will be able to determine if you're an ideal candidate for dental implants.
What is the first step?
The first step of the procedure is to visit your dentist. After an examination of your mouth, the dentist will be able to confirm whether a dental implant is the best replacement tooth option for you. If it is, you'll be scheduled for the implant procedure.
How long does the implant process take?
Because the entire procedure includes healing time, it can take several months. During that time, you will visit your dentist a few time to ensure that your mouth is healing correctly.
Do implants hurt?
During the dental procedure, you will receive local anesthesia to ensure you stay comfortable. Most patients find that once the post is in and the replacement tooth is attached they don't even notice the implant.
Will anyone be able to tell that my new tooth is a replacement tooth?
Your replacement tooth is custom created to be an exact match in the shape and shade of your natural teeth. This gives you a unique smile that is all your own. Furthermore, your tooth will be strong and secure giving you the confidence to eat anything you want and the ability to speak clearly. Unless you tell your friends or family, they are not likely to be able to tell which tooth is a replacement and which are your natural teeth.
If you're considering dental implants to replace a lost tooth, or several teeth, call Dr. Kwon at Glassell Dental today. Dr. Kwon and his entire team are committed to helping you get a beautiful smile and a healthy mouth.