Dental implants are strong and durable replacements for your natural tooth root. A titanium screw anchors the replacement tooth to your jawbone, giving you a longer lasting and more secure bite than with other restorative procedures. The titanium fuses to the surrounding bone ensuring that your new tooth will remain stable and perform just like your natural teeth.
Regardless of whether your replacement is required on the upper jaw or lower jaw and regardless of the number of teeth that need to be replaced, dental implants provide our West Palm Beach Dental patients an effective, long lasting, and confidence boosting option.
How dental implants compare to other procedures
There are several options when it comes to replacing missing or damaged teeth, such as dentures or dental bridges. Each method offers their own benefits. The main benefits of receiving dental implants are their comfort, cosmetic appearance, and durability.
Comfort: Because the dental implants fuse to your jaw, they do not move or come loose. This allows you to eat, drink, and speak without feeling discomfort. And because the new teeth will be anchored to the secure implant, they will perform like natural teeth.
Cosmetic: When teeth are missing, other teeth can begin to migrate which can have an effect on your aesthetic appearance as well as performance. Dental implants keep your remaining teeth from migrating, giving you an attractive natural look. In addition, dental implants do not usually require your existing teeth to be reshaped, while other methods may require shaving to accommodate them.
Durability: Unlike other types of replacements, dental implants usually last the entire life of the patient and provide you with the strength of your natural teeth.
Are dental implants right for you?
Dental implants may be a good choice for you if you have lost one or more of your teeth or if one or more of your teeth need to be pulled. Whether this damage is from an accident, ailment, or from tooth decay, dental implants can help make you smile and perform with confidence once again.
Some ailments and diseases may keep you from being able to get a dental implant. For this reason, Dr. Moorhouse will perform an examination and discuss with you your medical history to see if the procedure is right for you.
Many patients worry that their age may preclude them from receiving dental implants. But if you are healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, that is usually a decent indicator that you are healthy enough to receive an implant. Speaking with Dr. Moorhouse at our West Palm Beach Dentist office can help determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
What to expect during and after the procedure
Installing your dental implant can usually be done in one visit to our West Palm Beach office. During this visit Dr. Moorhouse will clean the area and remove any decay or debris. An anesthesia will be provided to keep the process comfortable. Our office uses the most advanced techniques to install your new dental implants. This process increases the amount of control the dentist has and gives better results in less time. In addition, pain and healing times are both reduced using these techniques because there is less disturbance to your gums and surrounding area.
Pain and discomfort is often a worry with patients. We will take measures to reduce this pain using anesthesia. Several factors have an effect on the amount of displeasure experienced, including how many implants need to be installed. Our patients often tell us that the amount of discomfort they experienced during and after the procedure was not as severe as they were expecting. Feel free to speak with someone at our office if you are concerned.
Your permanent replacement teeth cannot be installed right away after receiving a dental implant; the bone needs to properly fuse with the titanium screw. Patients will be given a temporary crown or bridge while you heal. The amount of time it takes for your bone to fully fuse depends on several factors but typically takes between 3-6 months.
Will there be pain after the dental implant procedure?
Because of the nature of the procedure, it is common for there to be swelling around the affected region. Some tenderness can be expected during the beginning of the healing process and can be alleviated using certain methods, including medication. Dr. Moorhouse can go over your options for pain relief and prescribe medication if needed. You should be able to return to work and your daily routine within a full day.
How to care for your new dental implants
One of the major benefits of receiving dental implants is that it allows you to eat and drink the things you love without worry. They are strong and will typically last your entire life. However, it is very important to maintain proper oral hygiene in order to keep your mouth healthy as well as the replacement teeth anchored to your implants. Brush and floss regularly and be sure to come in to our West Palm Beach Dentist office for routine check-ups and cleanings. Our office will discuss with you more in depth on how to best keep your teeth, gums, and implants healthy and clean.
The cost of dental implants
The number of implants you will require is one of the major influences on the cost of your procedure. The number of teeth that are being replaced will also effect the price. And because each patient is different, some patients may require additional cleaning or preparation before the implants can be installed. Dr. Moorhouse will need to consult with you and examine the affected area to get a full picture of what your procedure will entail before an accurate cost can be provided.
If you have any questions about the dental implant procedure or if you would like to schedule a consultation or appointment, please call us at our West Palm Beach office.