Implant dentistry is a proven beneficial treatment option for patients with missing teeth. Missing teeth can affect the health of your mouth and the way that the rest of your teeth fit together. Dr. Richard Swanson specializes in dental implants and has achieved a Mastership in Dental Implantology through the ICOI (International College of Oral Implantology).
Dental implants are made to look and feel like natural teeth and can last a life time. This service is a great alternative from bridges or partials to replace missing teeth. Implants feature a post, which goes into your bone and acts as a root. A crown can then be placed on the implant to act as the tooth. An implant can be used to take place as a single missing tooth and can support replacements, like bridges.
There are many advantages to dental implants:
- Improved appearance
- Improved speech
- Improved comfort
- Easier eating
- Improved self-esteem
- Improved oral health
The patient who has healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant in place is a good candidate. X-rays are needed for the dentist to determine if the bone is thick enough. The dentist must complete dental history, complete x-rays, and oral exam to determine if you are a good candidate for implants. If your bone is not thick enough, you may still get an implant, but a bone graft may be needed first. Your general health must be considered too, such as recent heart attack, if you are a smoker, diabetes, surgery of heart valve prostheses, recent stroke, I.V. Bisphosphonate drug therapy, and other drug therapies may be of concern.
The placement of implants requires surgery. After surgery, implants requires a healing period of about four months. You will need to wear a temporary tooth or teeth until the healing is fully complete. This allows the implant to fuse around the bone. The next visit will be a minor surgery to expose the top of the implant and to attach the post to the implant. The post will acts as a support for the tooth or set of teeth. The last phase is the restorative phase. You will take impressions to make prosthetic teeth that will be attached to the implants. The will require several visits. At completion, your implant with be restored to natural looking and strong teeth.
If you’re wondering if dental implants are the right choice for you, please call our office at (352)-247-7702 to schedule your no-charge implant consultation.