If you have missing or damaged teeth, there are many reasons to consider getting a dental implant procedure. Perhaps you have lost teeth due to accident or injury. Maybe you have lost unhealthy teeth and need an attractive and permanent solution to replace the teeth you’re missing.
While many opt for crowns after losing teeth, it should be borne in mind that crowns are not always permanent. Most porcelain crowns tend to last between five to 15 years, although they can last up to 25-30 years when well taken care of. Nonetheless, for those who want a permanent alternative that’s as close in look and feel to getting your real teeth back as humanly possible, dental implants are most definitely the way to go.
Here we’ll look at the process that comes with getting dental implants and how long you can expect it to take.
What to Expect when You Visit for a Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants: How it works
When you decide to get dental implants, it precipitates a long and complex process. First, your dentist will need to make molds of your mouth so implants can be crafted to perfectly match. This will give you a bite that feels familiar and natural. If you wish to get your teeth whitened, we advise you do so before getting implants fitted so the implants can be matched to the new shade.
When the molds have been made, a post is inserted into the mouth where the root of the tooth would have been. Once the post is set, a small connective post or abutment is added to which the implant is secured. The whole process typically can take around three to six months.
Why do dental implants take so long?
While this may seem like a long wait to some, it’s absolutely vital in ensuring your implants remain fixed and that you get as natural a look and feel as possible. When the posts are inserted into the jaw, enough time needs to be left for the bones and gums to heal around it. This will ensure that it is secure, which massively reduces the risk of implant failure.
When you see and feel how natural the end result is, however, you’ll know the wait was worth it!
Details of Your Dental Implant Procedure
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of dental implants will vary depending on the number of teeth you need to replace and the state of your oral health. Contact the Four Seasons office to schedule a consultation and to determine a treatment plan specific to you.
How long does a dental implant last?
As long as they are well maintained, a dental implant can last for the rest of your life. However, you will need to commit yourself to outstanding oral hygiene and regular consultation with your dentist to ensure your dental implants get every possible chance for longevity.
While fitting a dental implant can be a long and careful process, the natural look and feel of the end result are so perfect and long-lasting that our patients find that the wait is a small price to pay.