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
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.
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.