Dental implants can last a lifetime if properly cared for. They can improve your appearance, your confidence, your ability to eat the foods you like, and allow you to participate in an active lifestyle, without worrying about your teeth. Roger Bermingham, DDS, General and Cosmetic Dentistry can help you with each step in the process of dental implant surgery.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. Essentially, it is a small titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone, on top of which a single crown (cap), a fixed bridge, a partial denture, or full denture can be attached. You can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or all your teeth with implants. Once the implant integrates into your bone, a structure called an abutment is connected to the implant and then a completely lifelike porcelain tooth crown is attached.
Are dental implants safe?
Dental implants have been in use for half a century, and are safe and effective. As in any medical procedure, however, there can be complications. Choosing a knowledgeable, well-trained implant dentist will help minimize complications and ensure skillful handling of any problems, should they arise. It is important that you give your dentist your full health history and include any habits which could affect the success of your treatment, such as smoking so that you are fully informed about the benefits and risks involved.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
Most people report that dental implant surgery is very easy to tolerate. Any post-operative discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen, and ice can also be helpful. After the procedure, dental implants require the same care as natural teeth: daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dental checkups and professional cleanings at least twice a year. Although implant teeth will never decay, the gum tissues around them can become inflamed or infected in the absence of good oral hygiene.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
There's a good chance that you are, but this can only be determined after a complete oral examination that includes x-rays of your jaws. Please schedule a consultation to begin the exciting process of restoring your smile and bite.
Our team is prepared to exceed your expectations and provide you with exceptional health care. Contact Roger Bermingham DDS General and Cosmetic Dentistry in Roswell today for a complete evaluation and see how dental implant treatment can improve your smile.