Tooth Replacement Services
While the idea of losing one or more teeth can be daunting, modern medical technology and our expert team ensures that your experience at the Center for Oral and Facial Surgery is comfortable and minimally invasive. Our expert team keeps you comfortable and informed during every step of the process. You can focus on regaining a confident, healthy smile that you will enjoy every day. Below is a brief explanation on why someone might need a dental extraction/implant and what results to expect from your procedure.
What are Dental Implants and Why Would I Need One?
When one or more teeth have been deemed unsalvageable by more conventional means, such as root canals or fillings, a dentist may advise that the afflicted teeth be extracted and replaced with a durable metal implant known as an abutment that anchors into the jaw. The abutments function and look like real teeth while preventing bone deterioration because remaining tissue naturally integrates with the metal implant. After the new implant is healed, your dentist will model a new tooth crown to put over the post. A patient who has lost a tooth, and therefore does not have it to model an individual crown on, will receive a removable but sturdy denture that attaches to several implants. As medical technology improves, implants are an increasingly reliable, long–lasting solution.
There are several different routes for tooth replacement that your dentist may recommend, such as replacing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or in the worst case, all your remaining teeth. Factors such as the length of your procedure, pain level, and post-surgery healing time (which may take around 10 weeks) will be different for every procedure and individual. Your team will be sure to discuss what to expect from your extraction based on your unique circumstances. They will coordinate an appropriate treatment plan with you.
Any patient considering implants must have gums and bone healthy enough to hold the structure. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits after the surgery is also a must. Patients that demonstrate certain risk factors that may damage a new implant – such as heavy smokers, diabetics, or someone going under radiation therapy – should be assessed on an individual basis.
What Are the Benefits?
The primary goal is to provide you with a natural, permanent solution than dentures or not replacing individual teeth. Dental implants often allow for an improved ability to eat and speak. Dental implants are primarily recommended over alternatives because over the long term they improve and maintain bone structure in the jaw after tooth loss. Implants are hardly noticeable after the extraction site has fully healed. When properly maintained, your new implants will seamlessly integrate while improving the health of your surrounding teeth and tissue.
Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our experts, who are board-certified surgeons, and start your journey to a new smile.