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The Benefits Of Dental Implants

Dental implants are the most durable and long-lasting method of restoring one or more missing teeth and they often last a lifetime with proper care.

Implants helps prevent bone resorption after tooth loss by stimulating the jaw bone, unlike dental bridges and dentures.

No maintenance is required after treatment beyond brushing and flossing, and visiting Parkside Dental in Murphy for regular cleanings and exams.

We offer both single-tooth dental implant restorations with crowns as well as full-mouth restorations.

What are my dental implant options?

Dental implants are the best way to restore one or more missing teeth. Most commonly, the term “dental implant” is used to refer to a single-tooth restoration, which includes a single dental implant and dental crown, which attaches to the implant to restore the tooth.

However, we also offer full-arch dental implant restorations at Parkside Dental. This type of dental restoration uses a permanent, fixed bridge or a removable implant-supported denture to restore the upper, lower, or both arches of your teeth as an alternative to dentures.

What can I expect during the dental implant process?

Regardless of whether you are having one or multiple implants placed for your restoration, the implant placement process will consist of the same steps. First, our Murphy dentists will take scans, images, and impressions of your mouth to help with the treatment planning process. Next, any teeth which must be removed will be extracted before the placement of your dental implant(s). 

During the implant placement process, your mouth will be numbed and you will likely be sedated. Then, a small hole will be made in your gums and jaw, and the dental implant will be inserted into this opening. The area will then be cleaned and sutured shut, and throughout the next few months, your mouth will be given time to heal as the implant “osseointegrates” and bonds permanently with your natural bone to create an artificial tooth root.

What can I expect during the restoration process?

After your dental implant is placed, you must wait 3-6 months for the process of “osseointegration,” which will bond your implant permanently to your gums and jaw bone. During this time, we will create your dental restoration. For single-tooth implants, we will make a custom dental crown that will be attached directly to your implant to restore your smile. You’ll come back into our office once your implant has healed, and your restoration will be placed.

The process of building an implant-supported bridge or implant-supported denture is a bit more complex. Usually, you will get a temporary set of false teeth after your implants have been placed. Then, your permanent set of dentures or bridges will be made while you heal. You may need to come into our Murphy office a few times during this period so that your mouth can be measured and assessed, and the fit of your permanent bridge or denture can be adjusted. Once your mouth has completely healed and your dentures or bridges are finalized, they will be attached to the implants, completing the procedure.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

If your gums and jaw are relatively healthy and strong, and you are free of any other major oral health conditions, you may be a good candidate for dental implants. To find out if they are the right option for you, schedule a consultation at Parkside Dental! Our Murphy team will take the time to discuss all of your options, offer honest advice, and answer any questions you may have about the process.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

If you care for a dental implant properly, it will last you for the rest of your life. More than 90% of people still have their dental implants after 30+ years, and modern surgical techniques and implant planning allow dentists like Dr. Larsen to provide exceptional, long-lasting results for patients who need to replace their missing teeth.

To ensure the maximum lifespan for your implant, though, it’s very important to take good care of your mouth and to follow Dr. Larsen’s instructions while you heal and recover from your implant placement surgery.

You’ll also need to continue to maintain good oral hygiene. The most common cause of premature implant failure is peri-implantitis, which is a type of gum disease that can develop around your implant if you do not brush and floss properly.

Does It Hurt To Get A Dental Implant?

You will not feel any pain or discomfort during the implant placement process. Dr. Larsen will completely numb the surgical area. We also offer sedation dentistry at our office to keep you feeling safe and comfortable.

However, you should note that you’ll experience some discomfort and pain after your numbing and sedation wear off. This will peak and then begin to subside within 24-48 hours, in most cases. Dr. Larsen will provide you with recovery instructions detailing how you can deal with your pain and ensure your mouth heals properly after your surgery, so make sure to follow his instructions closely. 

What Happens If I Damage An Implant?

This depends on what exactly happened to the implant, and if the damage has occurred to the implant restoration, like a dental crown, or to the implant itself.

Damage to an implant restoration like a dental crown is actually not a huge deal. Most commonly, this kind of damage happens due to direct dental trauma. For example, if you slip and fall, you may crack the crown attached to your implant. Or, you may take a hard hit in a contact sport and your crown may feel loose or look damaged.

The good news is that damage to your implant restoration will rarely damage the implant itself, which is the small piece of metal that’s surgically implanted and bonded to your gums and jaw. Usually, the damaged crown can simply be removed and replaced, and your smile will be back to normal in no time.

However, it is possible for the implant itself to become damaged in some cases. For example, if you suffer oral trauma before it has completely bonded with your jaw bone, it may come loose. Or, if the gums around the implant become infected, the implant may not attach properly to your jaw bone.

If the dental implant itself has failed, the only option is usually to have it removed and replaced. Dr. Larsen will remove the implant and assess the situation, and determine if replacing it is the right option for your case. As mentioned, though, this is very rare, especially in patients who have fully healed and recovered from the implant placement procedure.

If you think your implant is damaged or failing, make sure to come to Parkside Dental right away so that Dr. Larsen can assess the situation and determine the best option for restoring your implant and your smile.

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