Dental Implants: What You Need to Know

Have you recently lost a tooth due to either some sort of accident or dental decay? Losing a tooth is not only uncomfortable and unsightly, but it can also be problematic for your overall jaw health. As the best way to give you back your natural ability to chew and digest food like you once did, we at Centennial Dental Center feel that dental implants are great for a variety of reasons. Read on to learn more.

The Process
In order to best understand the benefits of dental implants, it’s important to understand the dental implant process. Although the process itself takes at least a couple of months from start to finish, dental implants are a permanent solution (if cared for properly) that will leave you feeling like normal once again. Here is the process:

  1. Remove the original tooth and let the gums heal for at least a couple of months, or depending on what one of our Centennial Dental Center experts recommends.
  2. Have the dental rod surgically placed into the gum. During this process a metal rod will surgically be placed inside of your gum which will eventually act as a dental root— this will take around 2-3 months for your gum to properly heal around the dental rod.
  3. Once your gums have healed, then a dental crown will be placed over the top of your dental rod. The dental crown will be what you will be able to visibly see with your eye and will act as your actual tooth.

The Benefits
If cared for properly— brushing and flossing every day just as you would with your natural teeth— dental implants will last a lifetime. Additionally, you won’t be able to tell the difference between your dental implant and your natural teeth when eating, drinking, or just lounging around.

As you can see, there are many benefits to getting a dental implant to replace your natural tooth. If you recently lost a tooth or think that you need to have one pulled, contact Centennial Dental Center to learn more about the benefits of dental implants.