Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed into the jaw to support a restoration for a missing tooth or teeth. Dental implants are a long-term solution for your missing teeth because they are indistinguishable from other teeth, they enhance the appearance of your smile and best of all, dental implants help boost the overall health of the surrounding teeth and gums. Due to their many advantages, dental implants have significantly gained in popularity. In fact, dental implants have been around for millennia. There is plenty of evidence that even as early as four millennia ago, people attempted to replace missing and broken teeth. Some cultures used ivory, seashells or tooth-shaped pegs made of precious metals. Of course, significant scientific improvements occurred in the 20th century. This technology, refined and perfected, is still the basis for the modern-day implants.
People who have lost teeth might feel insecure when it comes to smiling or talking. Besides aesthetic issues, biting irregularities caused by tooth loss can also have a negative effect on eating habits, and the long-term effects of missing teeth can seriously influence your oral and medical health.
By replacing missing tooth roots, dental implants provide you with the strength and stability required to eat and enjoy all the foods you love, without any chewing difficulties. They also stimulate and maintain the jaw bone, preventing bone loss and helping to maintain facial features.
Unlike dentures and bridges, dental implants do not slip and provide less risk of irritating the gums. Based on the condition of your oral tissues, oral hygiene, personal habits and commitment to follow aftercare instructions, our Las Vegas staff will advise you of the most appropriate dental implant treatment plan. Planning is of utmost importance when it comes do dental implants, as each case should be approached on an individual basis, which is exactly what we do.
Dr. George Harouni will be happy to meet with you in our Las Vegas office to determine if dental implants may be a good option for you, how long the entire treatment process will take, how many appointments will be necessary and what you can expect after each procedure.
Placing the implants usually requires a single appointment but a period of osseointegration takes more time. Osseointegration is the process by which the dental implant anchors to the jaw bone. The term itself derives from the Greek word for bone, osteon. Osseointegration must occur, otherwise the implant will fail. Materials in these implants bond with the bone. The implant itself is a screw made of titanium which has the ability to bond with the surrounding tissue. The screw resembles the natural root of a tooth. The temporary crown serves as a template around which the gum grows and shapes itself in a natural way. A thick envelope of soft tissue around the implant is necessary for its long-term survival, as well. Once the implant is integrated, dental crowns are secured onto the implant. The process is completed when the temporary crown is replaced with a custom-made permanent crown. As a result, your dental implant should look and feel like a natural tooth.
Recovery and Aftercare
Once the implant has been placed, maintaining diligent oral hygiene habits is required to ensure proper fusing of the implant and bone structure. If cared for properly, an implant restoration can last for more than 40 years.
After the procedure, discomfort should be minimal. Some patients may experience the swelling of gums and face, as well as minor bleeding and bruising. To relieve any pain or discomfort you feel after the procedure, your dentist can prescribe pain medications.
Healing from the procedure takes up to six months, while the fitting and seating of the crown can take up to two months. However, this timeframe is individual. Dental impacts are usually highly reliable. If the implant is well-integrated, scientific studies show that as many as 98 percent last for more than five years.
For a few days after the surgery, your diet should be restricted to soft foods. If temporary restorations were placed along with the dental implant, it will be important to maintain daily tooth hygiene. Failure to floss and brush, as well as smoking are leading causes of implant failure, so an infection can occur if the implant and surrounding areas are not cleaned properly.
Care and Hygiene of Dental Implants
For a few days after the surgery, your diet should be restricted to soft foods. If temporary restorations were placed along with the dental implant, it will be important to maintain daily tooth hygiene. Failure to floss and brush, as well as smoking are leading causes of implant failure, so an infection can occur if the implant and surrounding areas are not cleaned properly. Just like natural teeth, dental implants also require conscientious at-home oral care and regular check-ups. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, detailed brushing and flossing is highly recommended. However, due to the blood flow to the gingiva around the crown, care needs to be taken when flossing.
Dental Implants in Las Vegas | Henderson Area
Dental implant treatment has become one of the most effective and advanced dentistry techniques available, improving both the appearance of your smile and the function of your teeth. .
For more information or to schedule an appointment with our renowned cosmetic dentist, Dr. George Harouni, call our Las Vegas, NV (Henderson, NV) dental office today at 702-434-9464