Losing teeth in any manner can leave you concerned and wondering how you’ll get by without them. At Brookside Dental in Nampa, Idaho, Robbie Hamblin, DDS, safely places implants for false teeth that work as well as your originals and look fantastic in your smile. To consult with Dr. Hamblin about restoring your smile with implants, call Brookside Dental, or book your visit online today.
Dental implants are a type of tooth replacement that offers sturdiness and strength for your new teeth. Implants act a lot like your natural teeth. However, instead of having roots, they’re fixed to your jawbone and provide a place for an artificial tooth, or crown, to screw into. They can hold in a single new tooth, a bridge, or even a set of dentures.
Dental implants allow you to use your teeth as you normally would have before losing them. The titanium of the implant fuses with your bone during the healing stage, becoming an integrated part of your jaw.
At Brookside Dental, Dr. Hamblin provides implants for simple cases but may refer you to an oral surgeon if your case is complex.
During the planning stage for your implants, Dr. Hamblin examines your mouth and may take an X-ray for a better view of your jawbone. This is to make sure you have adequate bone in the area to hold the implant.
On the day of your surgery, you’ll undergo sedation to be sure that you’re relaxed and won’t feel discomfort. Dr. Hamblin removes any remaining part of your original tooth to make room for the implant. You might need an artificial or cadaver bone graft to provide extra support, but this is not necessary in all cases.
Next, Dr. Hamblin places the implant in your bone beneath your gap. Following this step, it takes two to six months for your bone to heal around the implant. During this time, Dr. Hamblin creates a false tooth to go on the abutment (the part that screws into the implant).
At your final appointment, he screws in the abutment and makes sure that the new tooth looks natural alongside your other teeth. This procedure involves reopening the incision in your gums to access the implant so that you may need sedation here, too.
Caring for your dental implants to make them last is much like caring for your natural teeth. You must:
Taking proper care of your implants and following instructions as they heal ensures that your implants will last a lifetime. If complications arise at any point during your implant placement, Dr. Hamblin removes them and tries again in a few months.
To get started on replacing your missing teeth with implants, call Brookside Dental, or book your consultation online today.