Congratulations! You've decided to replace your missing tooth with a dental implant in Hershey. You've chosen the best tooth replacement option that dentistry has to offer, and we know you'll be pleased with your results. Dr. Wesley Davis has some information and tips for you about preparing for dental implants.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant closely mimics your natural tooth by replacing both your root and your tooth. This is also the secret behind the implant's 95% success rate. A biocompatible titanium post takes the place of your root, which protects the integrity of your bone by keeping it healthy and stimulated. A custom designed porcelain crown replaces your missing tooth, and by filling in the space it keeps your remaining teeth from shifting. With your new tooth, you'll enjoy all function your had with your natural tooth, which means you'll be eating, brushing, flossing, chewing, and smiling with ease and confidence once again.
How to Prepare for a Dental Implant
Dental implants do require that there's enough healthy bone structure present to support it, and that the patient is in good overall health. This is a good time to have a professional cleaning done to ensure the health of your gums before your implant surgery. It's also a good time to take care of any outstanding dental work such as a dental filling that might need to be done prior to implant treatment. Your dental implant will require a few months to heal and integrate with your bone, and the whole process can take anywhere from three to six months to finish. Dr. Davis can discuss with you any outstanding work that should be done prior to treatment.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Though completing an implant may seem like a long process, they're well worth the time you put in for making them successful. Implants offer great longevity, as with the right home care and regular dental checkups they can potentially last for decades, and even a lifetime in some cases. This also makes them a cost effective long term investment in your oral health. Dr. Davis will custom design your implant to match your existing teeth and complement your smile, so no one will ever know you were missing a tooth.
We're glad you've chosen a dental implant to restore your smile, and we want you to know that our entire team is here to make your implant treatment smooth and successful from start to finish. Contact us today with any questions you may have regarding your implant treatment.