Dental Implants in Reno
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.
Advantages of dental implants include:
- Improved appearance
- Improved speech
- Easier eating
- Improved oral health
What To Expect With Dental Implant Treatment
The entire implant process is performed over the course of several months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself, where a screw is placed into the jaw bone. A small incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed the gums are sutured.
Healing Time for Dental Implants
The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time, you may have temporary crowns installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.
After the implant has healed it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. Once this is placed, an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. After the restoration is completed, you’ll return to the office to have the restoration permanently attached. Your smile will look just like it used to, and after a short period of getting used to the implant it will feel just like one of your own natural teeth.
The dentist will also go over instructions to help care for your new implant and crown.
Schedule An Implant Consult
Are you in need of dental implants? Call our office today for a consult.