Dental implantation is a common treatment suggested when there are missing, badly decayed or loosening teeth. But maybe you're wondering if you really need tooth implants or if another solution might be right for you. Explore these various reasons for getting dental implants installed by Dr. Adel Mansour at Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Kissimmee, FL.
The Science Behind Dental Implants
Through a process called osseointegration, the bone tissue in your jaw can combine with a small dental device called an implant. The device is made of titanium metal and resembles a tiny screw. The crown that will be attached to the top of the implant is made of porcelain, which is very resistant to damage and staining. When the osseointegration process is complete, the implant becomes a permanent part of your jaw line. It’s indistinguishable from the rest of your rooted teeth.
Are They Really Needed?
While there are other options to replace missing teeth, like dentures and bridges, dental implants by your Kissimmee dentist are the best solution for a number of reasons:
- The implant helps keep your bone tissue healthy and viable.
- Implants don't have to be replaced or readjusted (they are permanent).
- You don’t have to worry about the implant falling out or coming loose when eating.
- There’s no need to make changes to your other teeth (as is the case with bridges).
- Implants look and feel very natural.
What to Expect from the Procedure...
If it turns out that dental implants are right for you, expect to visit the dentist two or three times to complete the procedure. The entire healing process (osseointegration) will take anywhere from 2 to 9 months on average. X-rays will be taken at the first appointment to ensure you have enough bone tissue to support the procedure. The implantation will be done at the second appointment. The final appointment is when the crown will be installed. You may also be required to come for a follow-up appointment a few weeks later to check on the implant.
Call for an Evaluation
Dental implants are a reliable way to get your smile back to good health and give it a more attractive appearance. Call Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Kissimmee, FL, at (407) 483-9990 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mansour.