What are dental implants?
Dental implants are surgical replacements for missing or damaged teeth. They act as artificial tooth roots to firmly anchor the replacement tooth in the jawbone. A dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge or denture is used on top of the implant to recreate teeth. Dental implants can replace one tooth, multiple implants in a row or even make a full mouth reconstruction possible.
Why should I get a dental implant?
Are you missing a tooth? Do you have damage or decay in a tooth that has to be removed but will leave a permanent gap? For many people, the aesthetic appeal is enough to make up their mind over getting a dental implant. Patients report that their confidence is low and they are embarrassed to laugh and smile when their teeth are missing. As a matter of fact, dental implants not only up the "looks" factor, but greatly increase your quality of life! Teeth help us in speech and pronunciation of words and we require all teeth to properly chew and digest food. Dental implants not only help us take delight in our favorite meals again, but they also renew our confidence and increase our self esteem.
how long do dental
implants last and are they safe?
Dental implants can last indefinitely. With time, your jaw bone fuses to the titanium screw, forming a tight sealed bond that recreates the root structure of a natural tooth. Proper care is required to make certain that your implant will be secure for your whole life. Thorough daily brushing and flossing, a professional tooth cleaning and checkup twice a year are all imperative to maintaining your overall oral health as well as proper implant preservation.
Dental implants placed at a reputable dental implant center such as Dr. Umanoff's, are an extremely safe procedure. We take an extremely personalized and thorough approach to plan your entire procedure from A to Z and Dr. Umanoff has performed more than 6000 such surgeries and has extensive knowledge of the procedure. Rejection is very rare and usually due to improper aftercare and untreated infection.
will the surgery hurt?
how do i take care of my
There is no pain during surgery since local anesthetic is used, especially with healthy tissue. As with any surgery, the next few days you will most likely have a soreness, bruising, minor bleeding and a dull ache at the implant site. Patients can take a pain reliever to alleviate the discomfort associated with minor surgical procedures. This feeling goes away with time and proper care is required to preserve your implant and ensure it heals properly. Dr. Umanoff will go over every step of the process with you after you receive your implant, but it is extremely imperative to follow stellar aftercare including brushing at least twice a day, using floss and getting routine bi-yearly professional cleanings and checkups.
how long does the
entire process take?
The road to having a wonderful result has many components and steps. To ensure that your results will be optimized to the highest degree we will thoroughly diagnose, map out and plan your entire procedure one step at a time. Your whole procedure from the first planning to insertion of implant and crown mounting can take anywhere from 4 months to a year depending on your individual case, the ease or difficulty of the proposed surgery and your overall state of dental and general health. Extra time may be also be allotted to implement bone grafting if required and the general healing time thereafter.