Determining the best way to replace missing teeth is a big decision and depends mainly on your lifestyle and goals for your smile. Many patients opt for dental implants in our Somerset, KY dental office because they want their smiles back without compromise.
Foodies who love to cook, eat, and share meals with friends appreciate dental implants because they do not have any dietary restrictions. Whether you are eating a ribeye or radicchio, your dental implants will make chewing and tasting your food more enjoyable and more comfortable.
If this sounds like you, here are the three main phases of dental implant treatment, so you know what to expect.
Planning and Evaluation
Successful dental implants all start with one thing in common – precise planning. We will take impressions, x-rays, medical history, and evaluate your overall oral health to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants or if you require pre-treatments for periodontal disease or bone loss before we begin.
Dental Implant Surgery
Many people are apprehensive about dental implant surgery, but there is no real need to be. Dental implant placement takes roughly an hour to 90 minutes and will not result in any downtime. Mild soreness and bruising are the two most common post-surgical concerns our patients report, but you can plan on a fast recovery as long as you follow post-operative instructions.
Dental Implant Restorations
Whether you are having a single dental implant or multiple implants, your final crown will be the most exciting part of treatment. Your final crowns will look like natural teeth, and you will have your smile back again.
By the time we place your final dental implant crowns, your implant will be able to handle the load caused by chewing and eating normally. Other than some common sense caution to avoid biting into excessively hard objects like ice cubes or jawbreakers, you can eat everything you love the most.