Dental Implants Q&A
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small metal posts made of titanium or another durable metal that act as replacement tooth roots. Dr. Kheshtchin places dental implants into the sockets of your missing teeth, and your bone tissue grows around them, which fuses them to your jaw.
Once placed, Dr. Kheshtchin attaches an abutment piece that connects to a crown or bridge. Dental implants are strong and durable, mimicking the strength and chewing capabilities of your natural, permanent teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants present a wide variety of benefits, including:
- Improved speech
- Easier eating
- Improved self-esteem
- Improved oral health
In addition, unlike dentures, dental implants don’t require regular removal or special adhesives. To care for them, all you need to do is brush, floss, and visit the dentist regularly.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
To determine if you’re a candidate for dental implants, make an appointment at A&N Dental. Following an oral exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your goals for treatment, Dr. Kheshtchin can make recommendations for your individual situation.
Before moving forward with treatment, Dr. Kheshtchin also takes a series of dental cone beam CT scans to ensure your gums and jawbone are healthy and capable of accepting implants.
What is the process of receiving dental implants?
Restoring your smile with dental implants usually takes between 6-12 months, and while this may seem like a long period of time, it’s important to remember that with proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
If Dr. Kheshtchin determines that you have healthy gums and jawbone, she moves forward with treatment. After administering a local anesthetic, she surgically places one dental implant for each missing tooth.
Following surgery, you’re sent home for a period of 3-4 months, which allows your bone tissue to grow around the implants.
Several months later — after your mouth heals — you return to A&N Dental and Dr. Kheshtchin takes digital impressions of your remaining teeth.
She uploads your impressions into a computer and uses the in-office CEREC® system to manufacture your permanent crowns or bridges on-site.
After the CEREC system finishes milling your new restorations, Dr. Kheshtchin administers another local anesthetic and carefully bonds your crowns or bridges to your dental implants. This process typically takes between 60-90 minutes.
Don’t let one or more missing teeth negatively impact your confidence or chewing ability. To see if you’re a candidate for dental implants, request an appointment at A&N Dental. Call the office or click the online booking tool today.