What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants replace your natural teeth. They’re small posts made of titanium that your All Smiles Dentistry provider inserts into your jaw during an outpatient procedure. Over time, the posts integrate with your natural bone structure, providing a supportive foundation for dental restorations like crowns, bridges, or fixed dentures.
Dental implants are almost as strong as your permanent teeth. If you brush them twice daily and visit All Smiles Dentistry once every six months, they can last a lifetime.
Dental implants provide many benefits, including:
Implants even reduce the risk of more serious oral health issues. By replacing missing teeth, you can prevent gum recession, bone loss, and other issues.
At All Smiles Dentistry, getting dental implants takes three appointments.
Before conducting an implant procedure, your All Smiles Dentistry provider conducts an oral exam and takes X-rays to assess the health of your jaw and gums.
If you have enough bone to support the implants and there’s no sign of gum disease, your provider administers a local anesthetic and places a series of posts into your jaw. Following the implant placement procedure, your provider sends you home with care instructions.
Several months later, when the implants finish integrating with your jaw, you return to All Smiles Dentistry. Your provider takes digital scans of your mouth and sends them to a dental laboratory. Technicians at the lab use your scans to design and manufacture a custom restoration.
When the laboratory completes your restoration, you return to All Smiles Dentistry for the final time. Your provider connects an abutment to each implant and secures the restoration on top. Afterward, they polish your teeth and provide instructions.
Yes. You need to regularly clean your implants to prevent the buildup of plaque, tartar, food particles, and bacteria. The team at All Smiles Dentistry recommends:
If you follow these tips, your implants can last for decades.
To see if you’re a candidate for dental implants, make an appointment at All Smiles Dentistry by calling the office today or scheduling online.