Dental implants are a great way to replace a missing tooth or teeth and restore your smile in a way that looks and feels natural. They have many benefits to your oral health that are very important and necessary to maintain positive oral hygiene. But are they right for you?
Dental implants will benefit your smile, your bite, and your speech, while also keeping your other teeth from moving out of place. Dental implants are a permanent and very common procedure that we offer at Stratman Family Dentistry!
What are dental implants?
A dental implant acts as a small anchor that is made out of a biocompatible material like titanium. This ‘anchor’ is inserted into the jawbone and through the process of osseointegration attaches to the bone and takes the place of your missing tooth’s root. Once the implant heals, a replacement tooth is placed on top of the implant.
Does the implant procedure hurt?
You will be under anesthesia during the procedure to eliminate any pain or discomfort. Afterwards we may prescribe pain medication for any discomfort at home. Most patients say the pain is very minimal after the procedure, and are able to go back to work the next day.
Do they look natural?
Dr. Stratman does extensive preparation for any kind of implant to make sure your teeth will look and feel just like your other natural teeth. Nobody will ever know the difference!
How long does the procedure take?
Typically, the dental implant process is completed over several steps and appointments. That being said, every patient is different, so the treatment period varies greatly. Some patients take months for their implants to heal, while others can be placed and restored with a crown immediately.
Are dental implants right for me?
Good oral hygiene and healthy gums is key for dental implants. If the bone in your jaw is healthy and has enough strength, you are probably a candidate for dental implants. The only way to know for sure though, is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stratman.