What if we told you that you could replace your missing teeth and it would look and feel just like your natural teeth with dental implants? Modern dentistry today allows this to become a possibility for most patients, nobody will recognize that you’ve lost teeth, and better yet, you will probably forget too because they feel so natural. They can restore your ability to chew, speak, and smile with confidence after you’ve lost one or several teeth. If you currently have dentures, we can also secure those to dental implants so you don’t have to deal with adhesives again. Instead, you will have a completely secure tooth restoration you never have to think twice about.

If you’re interested in replacing your missing teeth with the closest thing to a natural tooth, or get rid of your dentures for good, give our Summerlin cosmetic dentist, Dr. Polley a call for a dental implant consultation. Please call (702) 873-0324 or fill out our contact form to request an appointment today.

What to Know if You’re Considering Dental Implants

Dental Implants have given this couple the ability to laugh and cuddle together on a couch. This best tooth replacement option gives you a natural feel.Committing to dental implants is a big decision, so it’s important to weigh the cost and different benefits first. We listed all the information you need in regards to your decision to get dental implants in Summerlin below. Dr. Polley is also happy to answer any additional questions you have during a consultation.

Am I a Candidate?

One of the first questions you might have about dental implants is if they are the right treatment for you. It’s important to understand if you are a good candidate and what might prevent you from being one. The top requirement is having good oral health that is free of gum disease and sufficient bone mass in the jaw. If you don’t meet these requirements, Dr. Polley can work with you to bring your oral health up to standard through gum disease treatments, bone grafts, and other procedures. Dr. Polley will also discuss your goals, family history, current medical condition, current medications you’re taking and much more.

We will complete a thorough examination of your mouth and take a 3D x-ray using a cone-beam CT to analyze your bone density and if we can place dental implants. If you require a bone graft to become a candidate, this adds an additional three to six months to heal.

Dental implants offer a number of benefits. From improving your smile, increasing your confidence and helping you look younger, learning the benefits upfront will help you decide if they outweigh those of other treatments. They give you a fully-functional tooth that stands on its own. Since it’s anchored to your jawbone, you will have complete control of chewing, smiling and speaking. The best part is how natural they feel.

Dental implants also prevent problems from occurring to your other natural teeth. When you fail to replace a missing tooth, your natural teeth will begin to shift into the empty space in your mouth. This can cause bite problems in addition to a change in appearance, helping you preserve your smile’s appearance and bite.

Lastly, help you maintain bone mass in your jaw. When you lose a tooth, your jaw no longer produces bone in the area where your tooth resided. This can cause your face to show more wrinkles and also cause your skin to become loose and droop in your face and neck, replace your missing teeth can prevent these problems.

With proper care of your oral hygiene, you can expect your dental implants to last the rest of your life. Learn more about the science behind the longevity and how you can extend their life.

If you’re replacing a tooth, it’s important that it looks great. Find out more about how dental implants give you natural and attractive results you can’t beat.

Every procedure has its potential risks. Learn what the risks of dental implants are so you can make an informed decision about undergoing the procedure.

Unfortunately, we cannot give you a quote online because each dental implant treatment is a highly personalized procedure. Dr. Polley is happy to tell you your expected dental implants cost during your personal evaluation. We will also give you our different financing information so you can decide if implants fit in your budget.

Understanding the Dental Implants Procedure

Your dental implants procedure can take place the same day we extract your teeth. The procedure can take anywhere from one hour to several. Some patients require multiple visits to complete their treatment if it’s complex. Dr. Polley will recommend general anesthesia or sedation dentistry to help you feel more comfortable during your procedure. The procedure is quite simple. Dr. Polley will surgically insert them into your jaw and then attach your restorations afterward. In some cases, patients may need to let their jaw heal before the implants are stable enough to support the restorations.

Once placed, your jaw will begin to grow bone around them to hold them in place. This process is known as osseointegration and may take three to six months to complete. We highly recommend you follow all postoperative instructions to prevent your implants from failing.

Your dental implant procedure involves a surgery that takes one day and several months of healing.

Many patients do get their teeth the same day, while others don’t. It depends on how stable your dental implants are after placement.

Although every patient varies, complete recovery times range several months. You will feel able to return to work after a few days.

Most dental implant surgery recoveries are simple, however, complications can arise.

Some patients take three months while others might take a year. Every patient varies depending on the details of their surgery.

Not only is it important to understand how the procedure works, but how to take care of them following your surgery. Maintenance is exactly like taking care of your natural teeth.

You should brush and floss your dental implants just like your teeth. This prevents gum disease and bacteria.

We suggest visiting your dentist with your normal appointment schedule. Most patients visit us every 6 months.

During your check-ups, we will examine your implants just like your natural teeth. If we suspect problems, we will give you a visual inspection, complete periodontal probing, look for signs of implant moving, take x-rays and more if needed.

If you notice your dental crown looks chipped or discolored, you have discolored gums near the implant, or there are pus-filled sores, please visit us immediately.

Certain habits like smoking, using tobacco, chewing on ice, cracking nuts and other habits can damage your dental implants.

Dr. Polley is happy to meet with you for a dental implant consultation in Summerlin to determine if implants are the right solution for you and how we can help. Please call our dental office at (702) 873-0324 or email us today to schedule an appointment.