What is a dental implant?
Dr. Tripthi Shetty describes the dental implant as a titanium appliance that acts as a natural tooth root once placed into the bone of the upper or lower jaws. This metal device is biocompatible with the bone, fusing with the jaw and offering a sturdy base for tooth replacement. It can be used to replace one or several teeth that have been extracted or missing.
Why should I choose dental implants?
There are a few different reasons why patients choose dental implants.
- Bone loss. Without a natural tooth root in place, the jawbone will shrink during what is called dental resorption. This can cause the jaw and chin to have a sunken appearance that makes the face appear older than it actually is.
- No loose parts. The dental implant is a single restoration, so the chances of breakage or lost parts are not a concern.
- Stability. Because the dental implant uses the bone of the jaw for support, it is both stable and comfortable, functioning like a natural tooth once did.
- No adjustments. Dental implants are placed and do not require adjustments with time.
- Longevity. Patients that take proper care of their teeth and implants will enjoy them for life!
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of tooth replacement using dental implants depends on various factors. This includes how many teeth are being replaced, the health of your smile, the number of implants needed to support replacement teeth, and any additional procedures that may need to be performed before placing the implant, such as bone grafting. To get an accurate quote of costs, we encourage you to start with a dental examination and an initial consultation appointment with Dr. Shetty to decide if dental implants are the most suitable treatment for your unique individual needs.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
The best candidates for dental implants are adult patients who are missing one or more teeth and have sufficient bone in place to hold the implant over time.
Can I still get a dental implant if I am older?
Sometimes, Dr. Shetty sees patients who are in their golden years and would like to learn more about dental implant placement. Health is more of a factor than age, which is considered when determining candidacy for dental implants. Certain chronic diseases might keep a patient from obtaining dental implants, so speaking to a professional is the first step in learning more.
What are the advantages of obtaining dental implants over dental bridges and dentures?
- Improved appearance
- Preservation of natural teeth
- No need to modify adjacent teeth
- A permanent solution to tooth loss
How will dental implants impact my life?
Many patients love dental implants because of their natural function, feel, and appearance. Patients eat and drink what they want without worrying about their implants becoming loose or falling as conventional dentures can.
Will my new teeth look like my natural teeth?
Because dental implants are restored with a porcelain restoration, they look as natural as the existing teeth for seamless integration into the smile!
Can I chew with the same force and pressure after dental implant placement?
Absolutely! Many patients find that after the initial adaptation period, their chewing capacity is comparable to that of their natural teeth.
How much time do I need for dental implant placement?
Dr. Shetty entrusts the placement of dental implants to a reliable oral surgeon she refers patients to. This provider uses state-of-the-art, advanced guided surgical techniques to place the implants in a single session with unique keyhole surgery. This process requires minimal manipulation of the soft tissues, while the conventional approach of placing dental implants can take up to six months. The oral surgeon places the implant, which then heals with time. After the healing process, Dr. Shetty will restore it with a prosthesis to restore your smile’s function and appearance.
Is the placement of dental implants painful?
As with any type of surgery, discomfort can occur. However, the placement of implants is done with proper anesthesia and sedation to ensure patient comfort. Your oral surgeon may prescribe medication to address any discomfort following the procedure and during the healing process.
How will I feel after the placement of my dental implants?
Swelling and discomfort are normal and may occur for a few days after treatment. Most of our patients return to work the following day, depending on their careers and how much manual labor is involved. Patients often find that over-the-counter pain medication is sufficient in managing discomfort as the area heals.
How do I take care of my implants?
Once Dr. Shetty places the dental restoration over the implant, she will provide information on how to take care of the implants to ensure their longevity. You will need to take good care of your implants and the remaining teeth to keep the smile healthy for life! Closely follow Dr. Shetty’s recommendations for brushing, flossing, and long-term dental care.