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A Step-By-Step Guide on What to Expect from Dental Implants

December 29, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — medfordoregondentists @ 4:42 pm

Dentist holding dental implant modelAre you looking for a solution to your missing teeth? According to the American College of Prosthodontists, nearly 120 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth, and more than 36 million don’t have any natural teeth left at all! When you choose to restore your smile with dental implants, you’re getting much more than just an unconvincing denture. You’re investing in your smile with a comfortable, lifelike tooth replacement option that can last you a whole lifetime! However, changing your smile with implants doesn’t happen overnight. Here’s what to expect every step of the way when getting dental implants in Medford.

Dental Implant Consultation

When you have a missing or severely damaged tooth, your whole mouth changes! A dental implant can prevent the surrounding teeth from overgrowing, maintain an aligned bite, and stop bone deterioration in your jaw. In order for the process to be successful, you need to be in good health. At your initial consultation, your dentist will look for indicators that you are a good candidate, like:

  • Healthy teeth and gums
  • Adequate bone structure in the jaw
  • Good dental habits and oral hygiene

Of course, these issues can be overcome with the right treatment plan. Your dentist will help you create a customized plan of action to get ready for your brand-new smile.

The Dental Implant Process

There are multiple steps to getting new dental implants. First, one or more biocompatible titanium implants will be surgically inserted into your jawbone to replace the natural roots(s). It will take several months for the post(s) to fully integrate into your jawbone, and you may be fitted with temporary replacement teeth as it heals.

Your next appointment will be to install the tooth-shaped restoration to the titanium implant. Once your dental crown, bridge, or denture is attached, it will look just like a natural tooth! As your mouth continues to heal and adjust, you should eat soft foods and use painkillers as needed.

Caring for Your New Dental Implant

Not only do dental implants look and act like natural teeth, but they’re cared for in the same way as well! They have a 98% success rate, and if taken care of properly, can last a lifetime. To properly support your restored smile, follow these simple tips:

  • Keep the “teeth” safe and healthy with regular brushing and flossing habits.
  • Avoid chewing on hard foods, fingernails, or other objects that could damage them.
  • See your dentist regularly to ensure no problems are developing.

If you’re looking for a long-lasting and lifelike solution for missing teeth in Medford, dental implants are a great solution. When you know what to expect every step of the way, you can claim your best smile with total confidence!

About the Practice

Our experienced team at Premier Care Dental is passionate about providing quality preventive, restorative, and dental implant dentistry to the Medford, OR area. Over the past decade, we’ve rebuilt thousands of happy, healthy smiles with the help of dental implants. If you’d like to know more, we can be contacted at our website or at (541) 200-6747.

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