When faced with the prospect of replacing one or several teeth due to infection, trauma, or disease, dental implants offer an excellent option to regain the appearance and functionality once enjoyed before tooth loss.
Your implant dentist will conduct a thorough dental exam and review your general overall health to make sure you are a good candidate for dental implants. Patients that are at risk for implant failure are those suffering from autoimmune diseases like diabetes or those who have periodontal disease. Smokers are advised to quit before embarking on the implant process as smoking is a major contributor to implant failure.
Your implant dentist will also discuss the commitment required for a successful dental implant. Infection can result in implant failure so keeping the implant area flossed and clean during the healing process is critical.
Once the decision to move forward has been reached, a dental implant is surgically placed in the gum tissue where the tooth has been lost. The implant resembles a small screw, and is made of titanium or a similar metal that is designed to fuse to the bone.
After the implant has healed, which is typically four to six months, the strength and stability the implant offers to the replacement tooth is much like the benefit obtained from the roots of our natural teeth.
When your implant dentist is satisfied that the implant has healed and has successfully anchored to the bone, it is time to place the final restoration. This restoration has been fabricated to match the shape and shade of the surrounding teeth making it virtually undetectable.
The implant has now become part of your permanent dental anatomy. The restoration that was affixed to the implant is secure and functions much like your natural teeth. The ability to eat the foods you love, speak with confidence, and smile without hesitation are restored.
Moving forward, caring for your dental implant is no more difficult than observing the excellent oral hygiene habits of daily flossing and brushing at least twice per day. A visit to our Long Island dentist twice per year for a professional cleaning and exam will allow you to enjoy your dental implants and restoration for many years. For additional information, call the office of Dr. Richard Sousa at 516-484-6600.