A dental implant is a screw-like post made of titanium or another durable material. They replace your natural tooth roots and provide a supportive foundation for dental restorations like crowns, a bridge, or fixed dentures.
Dental implants are almost as strong as your permanent teeth. If you brush and floss regularly and visit the team at Gables Family Dental twice a year, they can last a lifetime.
Dental implants provide a variety of benefits, including:
Dental implants can also improve your oral health. By replacing missing permanent teeth with implants, you can prevent your remaining healthy teeth from moving out of the proper position.
At Gables Family Dental, getting implants requires a series of three appointments.
Before placing dental implants, your Gables Family Dental provider conducts an oral exam and assesses the health of your gums and jaw. If you have enough bone to support the implants and healthy gum tissue, your provider administers a local anesthetic and inserts a number of titanium posts into your jaw.
Following placement, your provider writes a prescription for pain medication and provides at-home care instructions.
When the implants finish integrating with your jaw, you return to Gables Family Dental. Your provider takes digital scans of your mouth and sends them to a dental facility. Technicians at the facility use your scans to design and create a custom dental restoration that fits your implants perfectly.
When your new restorations are finished, you visit Gables Family Dental for the last time. Your provider attaches the restorations to your dental implants, polishes your teeth, and provides you with at-home care instructions.
Caring for dental implants is very similar to caring for your permanent teeth. The team at Gables Family Dental recommends:
In addition, make sure to visit Gables Family Dental at least two times each year for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
To see if you can benefit from dental implants, make an appointment at Gables Family Dental by calling the office today or booking online.