When it comes to replacing missing teeth, you've got some options. The question is which option is right for you?
Dental Implants Before and After
Are you considering dental implants as a solution to missing teeth? Schedule a consultation with a qualified local dentist to discuss your implant options and costs. During this consultation, your dentist can perform an evaluation of your mouth and begin to develop a treatment plan designed to accommodate your unique circumstances.
Implants Before and After Photos
|Implants Before & After|
Before and after photos of dental implant patients can be an invaluable resource in treatment planning as they allow you to evaluate a dentist’s past work and your potential results. During your consultation, your dentist will likely show you examples of similar cases. If your dentist discusses alternative treatments with you, such as a dental bridge, orthodontics or veneers, you may be able to view before and after pictures from those treatments as well.
You may even find that you are able to evaluate these before and after galleries prior to your consultation if your dentist features them on his/her website. This has become an increasingly popular way for dentists to market their services to patients, and an even more popular way for patients to easily evaluate dentists.
Before Implant Treatment
Any underlying oral health issues must first be managed before dental implantation may be considered. Common issues such as tooth decay and gum disease can make implant treatment less effective.
If you are a smoker, your dentist will advise you to quit, as smokers face a greater risk of implant failure than non-smokers. Smoking can affect osseointegration, the process by which a dental implant anchors to the jaw bone.
Once your dentist deems your mouth healthy enough for treatment, your custom dental implant treatment can begin. The procedure itself may take as long as six months to be completed, involving multiple office visits. During your first procedural visit, a dental implant screw is fitted along with a protective cover to aid in healing. After the site has healed and the screw osseointegrates with the jaw bone, an abutment is placed with a temporary crown. Once the gum tissue grows naturally around the implant, the temporary crown is removed and replaced with a permanent tooth crown.
Porcelain Veneers and Composite Resin Veneers
Recovery time for successful dental implantation varies based on your unique considerations, such as your oral health, the number of implants you received, their location in the mouth, etc. Following the initial stages of screw placement, discomfort and pain should be relatively minimal. Your dentist may prescribe pain medications to help alleviate any such issues. You also may experience some minor bleeding and swelling around the implant site; however, any such issues should subside within a couple days.
For the first week or so after surgery, your dentist will advise you to restrict your diet to soft foods. Total recovery from start to finish can take anywhere from a few months up to eight months. Your progress is assessed at follow-up appointments with your dentist.
The most common cause of implant failure is failure to floss and brush the teeth. Practicing excellent oral health is essential for ensuring the longevity of your implant(s). Your provisional restorations should be cleaned and maintained the same as your natural teeth. This will help with the healing and fusing of the implant. As is the case before treatment, smokers are advised to quit in order to maximize implant longevity.
Under the right circumstances, your implant may last up to 40 years.