Dental implants replace tooth roots. They serve as a base for permanent or removable teeth that match your natural tooth color. Patients who wish to get dental implants should have healthy gums and plenty of bone to keep the implant in place. They should also practice good oral care and get regular dental cleanings.
What should I expect during a dental implant appointment?
A Tru Family Dental dentist will put together a tailored treatment plan for your individual needs. A typical appointment for the dental implant procedure consists of the dentist putting a tooth root implant in the missing tooth’s bone socket. The jawbone will need to heal, so it grows around the root implant and anchors to the jaw. It takes 6 to 12 weeks for the jawbone to heal. After it’s healed and attached to the jawbone, the dentist will attach a small connector post (abutment) to hold the new tooth. The dentist will make impressions of your bite to put together a model of all your teeth, so your new tooth will look like your natural teeth. Lastly, a crown, replacement tooth, will be attached to the abutment.
How do I take care of my dental implants?
Dental implants care is the same as regular, oral hygiene. All that is required is brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day and getting a routine teeth cleaning once a year.