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Dental implants improve more than just smiles. They have been proven to restore some of the most essential functions of life. Implants can help eating, talking, laughing and smiling come naturally once again. We offer osseointegration and traditional implants and can help determine which is right for you.
Osseointegration is a process that anchors a dental implant to the bone of the jaw. It usually takes three to six months to completely anchor and heal, after which the implant is in place and ready for a crown or artificial prosthesis. Those who smoke may be asked to quit before proceeding with the osseointegration process, as smoking can cause failure in the anchoring.
Through a small-diameter hole precisely drilled where the new tooth will sit, a titanium screw will connect to the crown, holding the implant in place. After the anchor sets over a few months, your dentist will install a temporary crown to allow the gum line to grow in place before replacing it with the permanent crown.
Will this hurt?
Dentists apply an anesthetic to numb the surrounding implant area, usually upon each implant procedural visit. Postoperative sensitivity is very minimal, and within a day or two there is usually no sensitivity at all. We will work with you to make your experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
Caring for your implants at home is just as important as the dentist’s work at the office. That means brushing, flossing and regular dental cleanings to ensure the longest life possible for your implants. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.
If you suffer from the inconveniences of missing teeth, please contact Gateway Dental right away for a consultation.
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