Whether you have a missing tooth as a result of decay or an injury, you might be considering the widely popular dental restorative treatment: dental implants. Dr. Dave Watkins of Watkins Family Dental in Louisville, KY, understands that you may have plenty of questions regarding dental implants, and has shared answers to the most commonly asked questions below.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are constructed from titanium that is then surgically inserted below the gumline, acting as the missing tooth root to restore the lost support. Through a process called osseointegration, the implant fuses to the jawbone, which encourages the bone to strengthen with the permanent, artificial tooth root.
Once this process has occurred and has healed properly, the next step is to replace the missing tooth with a custom-created artificial tooth (e.g. a dental crown).
Is the procedure for dental implants painful?
Dental implants require your dentist in Louisville, KY, Dr. Watkins, to cut into your gums, but will prep you for the surgical procedure with a local anesthetic. After the procedure, you will likely feel numbness in the area of the new implant, meaning you should not feel too much discomfort from the incision.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
When you lose a tooth as a result of dental decay or periodontal disease, your oral health becomes increasingly susceptible to infections that can cause further oral problems.
When you replace a missing tooth with dental implants, the implant provides the permanent support that your jawbone needs to maintain proper health. Not only are you preventing neighboring teeth from weakening, but you will never experience dental decay with your artificial tooth root!
Do dental implants require any additional care?
Dental implants only require the similar care that you provide your natural teeth: brushing your teeth morning and night, as well as flossing once a day. When taken care of properly, dental implants can provide the support you need to sustain great oral health!
How do I know if I'm a good candidate for dental implants?
While just about anyone is a good candidate for dental implants, it's important to meet with your dentist at Watkins Family Dental for a full oral examination to determine the best treatment plan for you!
Learn More About Dental Implants
To find out more about dental implants, visit Dr. Watkins with Watkins Family Dental in Louisville, KY, by giving our office a call at (502) 423-7312, today!