Dental Implant Questions Answered

Did you know dental implants are the closest thing to replacing your natural teeth? Missing teeth poses a danger to your oral health and your overall health. Waiting too long to replace missing teeth can leave you with decreased oral function and increased risks for bone atrophy and additional tooth loss. Dr. O’Donnell provides superior implant dentistry and is highly skilled at implant placement and restoration. He is leading the way with the use of technological advances in this area of dentistry. 

Below are a few answers to the most frequently asked questions about implants.

What does a dental implant look like?

It is similar to a screw. Implants are made from titanium and have a raised, ridge like texture with a single tapered end. This tapered end is embedded into the jawbone where it will replace the tooth root of the missing tooth.

Is placement painful?

The dental implant process is usually simply done with local anesthetic and the procedure is often described as being less traumatic than a tooth extraction. Being the only dentist along the Gulf Coast to be 3D printing guides for implant surgeries allows for a faster, more comfortable surgery with better, more efficient dental implant placement. 

How does it replace a tooth?

First, it replaces the structure of the roots of the tooth. Over time, jawbone will fuse to and around the implant because bone is compatible with titanium. Once the bone stabilizes the implant, a patient will receive the second prosthetic needed to complete the tooth replacement process. This could mean a crown attached to a single implant or a bridge or denture if multiple implants were placed. 

Are there food limitations with dental implants?

Once implants are stable and their permanent restoration is attached, you can eat all of your favorite foods. Implants provide a durable, lifelike replacement tooth that can withstand the forces associated with chewing and biting food. You will be able to enjoy a variety of foods without discomfort or slippage of dentures or other prosthetics. 

How long will it last?

In successful implantation cases, implants can last an incredibly long time. Stable implants can last for decades and in most cases for the rest of your life. 

How do I care for my implant?

Implants are considered easy to care for because they are treated the same way as natural teeth. Implants are brushed and flossed just like natural teeth. Make sure you keep up  with regular appointments for checkups and cleanings.

If you are interested in implant dentistry, call us today and reserve your appointment with Dr. O’Donnell.