Dental Implants In Orlando
Even though dental implants have become a popular tooth replacement option in the past several years, some patients feel confused about what they are and whether they are a good candidate to receive them. The term dental implant means that the new artificial tooth contains roots that Dr. Pham inserts into your gums and jaw bone.
This process enables the artificially created roots to support the new replacement teeth. It may require a waiting period of several months from the time Dr. Pham installs the roots to when she attaches the new teeth to them. This enables your gums and jaw bone to sufficiently heal and fuse to the new roots. The name of this process is osseointegration.
How You Go About Receiving Dental Implants
If you’re considering dental implants over dentures or bridges, you need to visit Dr. Pham’s office for an oral exam first. She will inspect the area where you are missing teeth as well as the rest of your mouth to make sure that it is healthy enough for the procedure. You can still get dental implants if you have weak bone structure, but Dr. Pham will need to do a bone graft first. This means she transfers bone from stronger areas of your mouth to the area that will support the new implant.
You will need to come in for several appointments after Dr. Pham installs the new tooth roots so she can check their progress. Once she feels they have sufficiently fused, she will attach the replacement teeth. You may wish to wear removable dentures in the meantime. One of the many advantages of dental implants is that you care for them in the same way as your natural teeth. Since they are non-removable, you don’t have to remove them and soak them overnight like you do with dentures.
Care and Longevity
It’s important to continue brushing and flossing twice daily after you receive your dental implants. You should also avoid habits that might break the implants, such as biting hard candy or using your teeth to open anything. With proper care, your new teeth can last for the rest of your life. Dental implants offer numerous benefits that you won’t get with dentures or bridges, such as clear speech, the ability to eat most foods, a sense of security knowing they won’t fall out of your mouth, and prevention of facial sagging that can happen when you’re missing some or all of your natural teeth.
We encourage you to contact Smile Solutions in Orlando to request a consultation with Dr. Thi Pham as soon as possible. She will complete an oral exam to determine if this is the right tooth replacement option for you. If so, she will explain the process in detail so you know exactly what to expect.