Dental Implants in Allen
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Did you know that a single missing tooth can lead to a chain reaction of problems? If you are missing a tooth, you are in the right place! Dr. Mentesana is a Fellow with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and has many years of experience placing dental implants.
WHY DENTAL IMPLANTS?
So, you may be asking, why should I get a dental implant in Allen? If you are missing a tooth, it is important to replace it. Did you know that when a single tooth is missing, the teeth around it will shift? The shifting isn’t noticeable at first. But, after time goes by, your teeth will start spreading out just enough that food will start collecting more between them. This will make the teeth more at risk to get tooth cavities and gum disease. This is something you definitely don’t need. They might have been the reason the tooth needed to be removed in the first place. The tooth that used to touch the missing tooth will start erupting more to try to find a match and the tooth behind it usually falls over at a weird angle. All of this is not reversible without braces. Trust me, it is just easier to get a dental implant. Besides, who wants to be walking around with missing teeth anyway?
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SO HOW YOU KNOW YOU HAVE FOUND THE RIGHT DENTIST TO PLACE YOUR IMPLANT IN Allen?
Implants surgery is a procedure that is not taught in dental school, it requires special training. When I learned to do dental implants I wanted to have accreditation from an association that was well known. I received a fellowship from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. This association has dentists from all over the world coming together to discuss the newest techniques and technology in implant dentistry.
DENTAL IMPLANT PROCEDURE
When having a dental implant placed you will be completely numb and nitrous oxide is used to relax you if desired. Sedation can be used if needed. Once the area is completely numbed, a precise space in the jawbone is made and the implant is placed. Once the implant is placed into the jawbone, a cover is placed over the implant that is even with the gum. If a temporary tooth replacement may be made to wear while the implant is healing. If so, it will be fit before you leave the office. The implant will heal for 3 months on average. During healing, it will be closely monitored for your body’s acceptance of the new implant. After the implant is healed, the cover is removed and the crown is placed on top of the implant.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS
Most anyone missing a tooth is a good candidate for dental implants. There are some conditions and lifestyles that make implants more challenging and unpredictable. Smoking, periodontal disease, and diabetes, and some osteoporosis and cancer chemotherapy drugs make placing an implant risky. However, the majority of people will enjoy dental implants as a lasting solution to a difficult problem.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN HAVING A DENTAL IMPLANT
After dental implant surgery, most patients report little discomfort or swelling. If you have pain and swelling it may be your body’s reaction to the surgical placement of the implant. If there is swelling, it generally begins on the day after surgery and resolves by the third day after surgery. Antibiotics are prescribed to prevent an infection after the procedure. Anti-inflammatory pain medication is prescribed if you experience any discomfort once the numbing wears off.
DENTAL IMPLANT AFTERCARE
After your dental implant surgery, it is best to ice the area for the first day and night in addition to taking the antibiotics and anti-inflammatory pain medication. The ice helps reduce the chances of swelling. It is also recommended to sleep with your head elevated above your heart for the first night. Continue sleeping with your head elevated until all swelling has resolved. Soft foods only should be eaten until all tenderness and swelling have resolved.
TAKING CARE OF YOUR NEW DENTAL IMPLANT
Taking care of a new dental implant is similar to taking care of your tooth. You must brush and floss your dental implant, just like you would your tooth. Bacteria can collect around a dental implant and begin to affect the bone that the dental implant is anchored in. If bacteria infect the dental implant, the implant can fail. Regular checkups are recommended to check the effectiveness of your oral hygiene routine at home and to regularly check the bone around the implant. If a problem is detected, early intervention can save your dental implant from failure.
If you’re interested in getting dental implants, the first crucial step is an examination by our Allen dentists to determine the health of your gums and your jaw. If you are a suitable candidate for a dental implant, you can move on to the next steps and go about getting one of the most comprehensive tooth replacement techniques available today. Contact our team at All Smiles Dentistry today for more information.