Need to replace one or more missing teeth? If so, you may be wondering how dental implants work and whether they are right for you. Don’t worry, your Lubbock, TX, dentists Dr. Jimmy Hill and Dr. Camie Davis are always happy to answer any questions you might have. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered,
What are dental implants and how do they work?
While a dental implant is made up of three different parts, the implant itself is a small biocompatible metal screw that is placed within the jawbone where your tooth used to be. The implant will naturally fuse together with natural bone and tissue to anchor in a false tooth or teeth. The only part of the implant that you will see when you smile is the dental crown, which will be custom-made to blend in with the rest of your smile.
How are implants different from other tooth replacement options?
Implants are unique because they are truly the closest you can come to a real tooth despite the fact that it’s completely artificial. The implant mimics the role of real tooth roots, providing the jawbone with the stimulation it needs to prevent bone deterioration (a complication of untreated tooth loss). Since this metal restoration permanently integrates with the jawbone it will stay firmly in place, fully restoring chewing. No need to worry about your tooth moving around or shifting out of place.
How are implants placed?
In order for the implant to integrate with the jawbone our Lubbock, TX, implant dentist will first need to place the implant into the jawbone, which requires minor surgery. Depending on how many implants are being placed and where, the process can take as little as 30 minutes. During surgery we will open up the gums to reveal the jawbone. Then a small hole is drilled into the exact spot in the jawbone where we then place the implant and close up the gums.
Will getting implants hurt?
The procedure itself should never be painful. Our dental team goes out of its way to ensure that any type of dental procedure is as comfortable as possible. In order to ensure this, we will first numb the area around the tooth that we are treating. Sedation may also be administered to patients to help take the edge off and make them more at ease. We can talk about your sedation and anesthesia options when you come into our office for a consultation.
Hill-Davis Dental Group in Lubbock, TX, wants to make sure that patients of all ages get the proper dental care and treatment they need for a healthy smile. If you are interested in getting dental implants call your dentists today.