How Does a Dental Implant Compare to a Real Tooth?
Fountain Valley, CA
Are you planning on getting a dental implant and are unaware of how it compares with a natural tooth? Bijan Family Dental Practice has you covered! We are experts in dental implant installation and several other implant dentistry services. We have invested in modern equipment to help our experienced dentists successfully perform their dentistry duties.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that offer a permanent crown base. They are a long-term and popular solution for decayed, damaged, or missing teeth. Dental implants are becoming the standard tooth restoration option since they function, feel, and fit like a natural tooth.
Dental implant placement involves a surgical procedure after local anesthesia has been administered to help numb the area. Our dentists can recommend bone regeneration to be performed first before the dental implant procedure when they discover the bone tissue is deficient.
A dental implant procedure for a single implant lasts from 30 to 60 minutes, while multiple implants can take two to three hours. The amount of time required, and the total number of appointments will vary from patient to patient. Our dentists will always carry out a series of checks before they embark on the procedure.
They will first administer local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, or intravenous sedation to help numb the area. The right option is reached after a discussion with the patient.
A small incision will then be made to help reveal the jawbone. A space will be created using special dental instruments, and a tiny titanium implant will be inserted. The top of the implant is always visible through the gum. It is sometimes better to have the implant well covered with the gum tissues during the early healing stages.
After an implant has been installed, you will have to wait for it to heal. The healing period lasts between three to six months. You will then have another appointment where a crown will be placed. The crown resembles the tooth in color, look, feel, and function.
Are Dental Implants Painful?
Dental implants cause some discomfort levels. Our dentists counter this by administering local anesthesia to help numb the area. Numbing the area will ensure you do not feel any pain or experience discomfort.
How Long Does a Dental Implant Procedure Last?
The duration it takes for the entire procedure to be completed will depend on your bone type, and the amount of time it will take to heal. In most cases, the dental implant procedure will take three to six months. It can last longer when bone regeneration has to be performed first.
How Do I Care for My Dental Implants?
Dental implants will need the same type of care as natural teeth. You have to brush, floss, and have dental checkups regularly. It is also important that you have a professional cleaning at least two times a year.
Every patient is unique, and we can't discuss all of the contingencies and options for treatment results. At Bijan Family Dental Practice, we strive to help you understand all of the treatment options available and discuss what is the preferable tooth restoration option. Do not hesitate to contact us at (714) 421-4494 for more information and to schedule a consultation.