Thinking About Dental Implants? Here are a Few Things to Know
First of all, anyone new to cosmetic dentistry might not know that dental implants are not dentures. Dental implants, or artificial teeth, are sophisticated, customized dental devices that have all the benefits of dentures, and none of the drawbacks.
Implanted or replacement teeth look and feel natural, don’t slip or click, and require little maintenance. Dentures, on the other hand, require nightly cleaning, frequently become dislodged, and offer little long-term value.
1. Replacement teeth are not made from real teeth
The short answer is, no. But, that would be amazing! The root is made from titanium or zirconium. Which sounds extreme when considering all the soft tissue in your mouth. But, short of requesting the out-of-commission teeth from deceased chimps, sharks, bears, or dolphins (cool!), this is the most practical material available.
Titanium and zirconium are bio-compatible and stand up against corrosion and fractures. Bio-compatibility means that our jawbone easily bonds with these materials. The fancy dental term for this process is called osseointegration.
The prosthetic tooth (the visible part above the gums) is made of porcelain or a similarly-colored, durable substance.
2. Dental implant surgery is not as painful as it sounds
The procedure to implant artificial teeth is done in stages, taking up to a month to complete depending on how many need to be replaced. The burning question for most patients facing the prospect of getting replacement teeth is whether they’ll be sedated or treated with local anesthesia.
Because healthy tissue around the bone, and the bone itself, does not have pain-sensing nerves, you won’t experience much pain during the implant surgery.
Your dentist will use local anesthesia if you choose to stay awake during the procedure. But, if you’re squeamish, sedation is a totally normal option.
3. 69% of people over the age of 35 have lost a permanent tooth
It’s not weird to have fake teeth. Especially after more than 30 years of chewing! Teeth naturally break down over time, which makes implant dentistry is a such a valuable resource as we age.
Take solace in the fact that we don’t have to deal with missing, damaged, or rotted teeth. An affordable, gentle, safe solution is available for keeping your smile healthy and confident. Contact your credentialed implant dentist at One Stop Dentistry to learn more about your unique case.
Your dental implant specialist will be more than happy to “fill in the gaps” for you.
Your Lakewood Dental Implant Specialist
One Stop Dentistry provides two types of implants:
- Endorseal implants – This procedure is very common, involving an implant that is surgically set into the jawbone. Once the tissue has healed, the implant is anchored. The post then holds a denture, bridge, or single tooth.
- Subperiosteal implants – This type of implant sits under the gums but above the jawbone and is best for patients with shallow jawbones.
Several of our patients live in Lakewood and drive to Tacoma for work. And for many of them, it’s easier to have a dentist located near their workplace than pushing through rush hour traffic to make an appointment!