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What is a dental implant?

By September 22, 2023September 25th, 2023No Comments

Losing a tooth can sometimes feel like a significant setback in the journey to possessing a vibrant and full smile. However, at Cary Family Dental, we want you to know that this is merely a small detour, with excellent routes that lead to restoring your radiant smile. One such reliable and effective path is through dental implants. Here, we’ll walk you through what a dental implant is, and why it might just be the golden ticket to reclaiming your confident smile.

A Glance at Your Options

When you find yourself with a missing tooth, you essentially have three popular avenues to explore:

  • 1. Dental Implant: A permanent solution that replicates the missing tooth in both function and appearance.
  • 2. Bridge: A semi-permanent solution which uses the adjacent teeth to anchor a replacement tooth.
  • 3. Removable Appliance: This encompasses options like dentures that can be taken out and cleaned separately.

The Dental Implant Journey: A Seamless Experience

If you choose the dental implant route, you’ll be pleased to know that this procedure can be as quick as three months from start to finish, and generally involves minimal discomfort. But first, what exactly is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a tooth replacement option that closely mimics a natural tooth. It consists of a titanium post that serves as the tooth’s root and a custom-made crown that resembles the natural tooth in appearance. The titanium post integrates with your jawbone, providing a stable foundation for the crown, thus ensuring longevity and stability.

Your Journey in Three Steps

Appointment 1: The first step in this transformative journey is the implant placement. Rest assured, during this procedure, you will be thoroughly numbed to avoid any discomfort. A small incision is made in the gum to place the implant securely into your jawbone. After this quick procedure, you can drive yourself home and, if necessary, manage any residual discomfort with a day or two of ibuprofen.

Appointment 2: At your second visit, we take a step into the modern world of dentistry by employing 3D digital technology to capture an accurate impression of the position and location of the new implant. This technology ensures a seamless and precise fit for the forthcoming custom-made crown.

Appointment 3: The final stop is the delivery appointment. Here, we will have your custom crown ready, which will be expertly fitted onto the implant, thus completing the transformation and giving you back your radiant smile.

Pain Management and Aftercare

We understand that the prospect of pain can be a deterrent, but it is important to note that most patients find the dental implant procedure less painful than anticipated. A brief period of manageable discomfort can easily be alleviated with common over-the-counter pain medications, ensuring a swift return to your daily activities.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

To give you a clearer perspective, see below for a picture showing a side-by-side comparison of a dental implant and a natural tooth. This visual guide will show you how closely a dental implant resembles a natural tooth, not just in appearance but also in functionality.

At Cary Family Dental, we are committed to guiding you through this transformative journey with utmost care and professionalism. Your radiant, full smile is just a few months away. If you have any more queries or wish to schedule a consultation, feel free to get in touch with our friendly team. Your road to a beautiful smile is just an appointment away!

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