Dental implants are surgical-grade root devices that support permanent tooth prosthetics that are manufactured to last a lifetime. These artificial roots are anchored in the bone beneath the gums where they become fused into the jaw. A crown is mounted atop the implant for a long-lasting and natural looking smile. Many dentists and patients prefer dental implants because they offer the same function as natural teeth and also help prevent bone atrophy in the jaw. Dental implants may be used to replace a single missing or damaged tooth or to restore an entire smile.
Are dental implants right for you?
You may be a candidate for dental implants if you have missing, broken or severely decayed teeth. The best way to determining your eligibility for dental implants is to consult with Dr. Watson to identify whether you have adequate bone support and healthy gums that will support the new tooth structure. We will take x-rays of the area and examine it clinically, along with taking into consideration your overall health to determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.
What type of post-treatment care will you require?
It is normal to experience some discomfort, including bruising and swelling following a dental implant procedure. However, inflammation and pain may be managed with over-the-counter medications, hydrocodone, or codeine. You may be asked to eat only soft foods for approximately 2 weeks until the surgical site heals.