Restore Your Smile
Missing teeth can cause you to feel self-conscious about your smile. You may also experience serious dental complications and extra wear on your remaining teeth.
You may wonder, what can be done to help repair your smile? For some patients, dental implants may be the answer.
For the dental implant procedure, our dentist will use a small titanium screw as a foundation to replace one or multiple missing teeth using one of our restorative dental options, such as crowns or bridges.
Dental implants can do more than change the appearance of your smile. They can also help to prevent surrounding teeth from shifting, resolve existing bite issues or jaw joint pain, and help restore facial tissues and appearance.
At Allegra Dental, one of our primary goals is to preserve and protect our patients' smiles for years to come and dental implants can help us achieve this.
The Impact Of Missing Teeth
If you have a missing tooth then you have an empty space between the surrounding teeth. This gap can create alignment issues and even lead to facial collapse, which is why restoration using dental implants is recommended.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Our team uses dental implants to place crowns, bridges, and dentures or replace them if they are damaged.
The specific steps of the procedure will vary depending on whether the abutment needs to be replaced with a permanent, custom-made one. Impressions will be taken during the initial appointment, then sent to a lab.
Once the healing is complete, patients return to our office to complete the procedure. The implant will be surgically placed into the jaw bone. When implanted, the screw functions as a natural tooth root.
Finally, your dentist will attach a "cap" tooth replacement, such as a dental crown, bridge or denture, to the implant to create the look and function of a natural tooth.
Dental Implant FAQs
Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions about dental implants at Allegra Dental.
How long does a dental implant last?
If you care for your implant properly, it can last a lifetime. This includes proper brushing and flossing at home, as well as attending regular hygiene cleanings and exams at your dental office.
The longevity of a dental implant may also depend on other factors including nutrition, genetics, or the development of any dental diseases.
How do I care for my dental implants?
You should care for a dental implant just like you care for your natural teeth.
Visiting your dentist for regular hygiene appointments and maintaining a proper brushing and flossing routine at home can help prevent decay or diseases from developing in the surrounding teeth and gums, which can negatively affect your dental implants.
Does getting a dental implant hurt?
During dental implant surgery, your dentist will administer anesthesia to make you comfortable so you won't feel pain during the procedure.
Following the procedure, there is not usually much discomfort. Most patients can manage any pain with an over-the-counter pain medication for a few days after the procedure.
You will also need to eat a soft diet for the first couple of weeks after the implant procedure to avoid pain or irritation.
How long does the dental implant process take?
The entire dental implant process usually takes about two to nine months to complete, depending on your treatment plan.
Your dentist can provide you with a more specific timeline based on your particular case.
Will my insurance cover dental implants?
Some insurance companies will cover the cost of dental implants, while some will only pay for a portion of the cost, and others won't pay for any part of it.
To determine what part, if any, of your dental implant treatment will be covered by your insurance, check with your insurance provider.