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Getting Your Smile Back With Dental Implants

 

AT PAUL LANGE DENTAL, we offer dental implants to patients who have lost one or more teeth. Sports injuries, accidents, and tooth decay are just a few of the reasons we might lose a tooth. Thanks to modern dentistry, however, we don’t need to settle for having a gap in our smiles for the rest of our lives. There are a few ways to fill that gap, and one that we offer at our San Bernardino practice is dental implants.

 

Implants or False Teeth?

Partial and full dentures have been a common solution for missing teeth for many years, but they have their disadvantages. They are prone to slipping and falling out if not properly secured, and they can lead to jaw pain and soreness in the gums. They also do not stimulate the jaw bones, so patients with dentures tend to suffer bone loss. 

Implants, on the other hand, are metal posts surgically placed in the jawbone under the gums and are basically a new root for a replacement tooth that looks and acts like a natural tooth. The only advantage dentures have over implants is that they are cheaper. It’s important to fill in the gap with an implant as soon as possible so the bone doesn’t erode and the surrounding teeth don’t collapse into the hole causing alignment and bite issues.

 

Types of Implants

The health of the underlying jaw bone will determine a patient’s eligibility for implants and which type they will receive. In a patient with healthy bone, an endosteal implant will be used. This is simply a titanium post surgically placed into the jawbone. After a healing period, the patient will have a second surgery in which a crown is placed on top of the post.

For patients with bone that can’t support an endosteal implant (or patients who don’t want the surgery involved with them), there are subperiosteal implants. Instead of a titanium post, a metal frame is placed under the gums but on top of the jawbone. Posts are then added to this framework, and they protrude from the gum line like endosteal implants so that crowns can be attached.

 

Implants and Braces?

In most cases where a patient needs orthodontic treatment as well as implants, the braces come first, because once an implant is in the jaw, it won’t move. On rare occasions, if the braces only need to shift the front teeth and the missing teeth are located in the back, the implant can be placed before or during orthodontic treatment!

 

Are Dental Implants Painful?

One of the most common concerns among patients considering dental implants is whether the procedure is painful. Rest assured, the process of getting dental implants is generally well-tolerated and causes minimal discomfort. Prior to the surgery, our experienced dental team will administer local anesthesia to numb the area, ensuring you feel little to no pain during the procedure. Many patients report feeling only slight pressure or mild discomfort, similar to that of a routine tooth extraction. 

After the surgery, any post-operative discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medications and typically subsides within a few days. The remarkable benefits of dental implants, such as restored chewing function, improved aesthetics, and enhanced confidence, far outweigh any minor temporary discomfort. With modern techniques and our dedicated care, you can embark on your journey to a beautiful, fully functional smile with confidence and peace of mind.

 

Come Talk to Us About Implants!

Getting dental implants is nothing to be worried about! Over 100,000 people got dental implants in Australia last year, and that number continues to grow. If you need a dental implant, just talk to us! We’ll evaluate your situation and develop the perfect plan to get you the smile you deserve. You’re in the best hands with Drs. Glicksman, Behrens, and Leonardi. Make sure to get directions before heading to our Mackay practice.

 

Keep taking care of those teeth!

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