Dental implants have many benefits that you may not know about. Implants can be used for patients with varying levels of tooth loss and can last for years to come. Not only can implants give you back your smile, but they promote overall oral health.

In short, dental implants can:

  • Give you a full, beautiful smile.
  • Restore the function of your smile.
  • Encourage bone regrowth in your jaw.
  • Prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Improve facial bone structure.
  • Boost your confidence.

The titanium dental implant acts like a natural tooth root, which aids in the stability and durability of your implant and the surrounding natural teeth.

Are Dental Implants Painful?

Once the implant is placed and you have recovered, dental implants feel like natural teeth. While surgical placement and restoration may cause discomfort, you shouldn’t feel severe pain.

Think of your dental implant placement like knee or hip replacement surgery, which involves physically adding a new element to your bone structure. Although the process may cause temporary discomfort, the replacement tooth should actually relieve pain and improve oral health.

When you’ve been missing a tooth for a while, you may start experiencing pain in the surrounding teeth or jaw. Eating may also be painful or irritating when food gets shoved into the open space or trapped between teeth. Replacing your tooth can help you save yourself from pain down the road.

Of course, if you have any unusual lingering pain from your dental implant site, call us at Compassionate Dental Care right away so we can help!

Tooth Implant Process

Before the actual process of placing the implant, a few other steps need to be completed, including:

  • Comprehensive Dental Exam: During this step, you’ll have x-rays and 3D images taken to make models of your teeth and jaw.
  • Review of Medical History: Your dentist will need to learn about your medical history past dental and medical treatments, surgeries, or conditions. The circumstances of your medical history are essential factors in determining your ability to undergo dental implant placement.
  • Plan out Treatment Plan: A detailed map of your treatment will then be created, complete with elements personal to you, such as how many of your teeth need to be replaced and how each tooth needs to be treated during the procedure.

After going through the above-listed steps, you will be prepped for the implant process. We will talk to you about the type of anesthesia you’ll be using and then give you instructions for eating and drinking before your placement.

The steps of the tooth replacement process are as follows:

  • Damaged Tooth Removal: If you have an existing tooth that needs removal, we’ll extract your damaged tooth first.
  • Jawbone Preparation: Your jaw must undergo specific steps before it is prepared to take on the implant.
  • Dental Implant Placement: The next step is the actual placement of the dental implant.
  • Bone Growth and Healing: This step in the process can take the longest. Usually, a few months are necessary for your mouth to heal and for bone growth to occur.
  • Abutment Placement: If your dental implant requires an abutment piece, we’ll attach that before the new crown is placed.
  • Dental Prosthetic Device Placement: Following the abutment attachment, your dental prosthetic device will be placed, and the entire process will be officially completed.

Then you’ll be ready to go with a beautiful, complete smile again!

Dentures and Implants

Implant-supported dentures are an excellent option for patients who don’t want to deal with traditional dentures. Your snap-in dentures cost will be different than another patient’s cost. This goes for individual dental implant costs and All-on-4® Treatment Concept implant costs.

Pros and Cons of Dental Implants

When looking at dental implants, the advantages could help you decide between one treatment and another. Dental implants are highly proclaimed as one of the best restorative dental treatments available to patients. However, we want you to receive the treatment that is right for you.

When choosing dental implant placement, you can discover the following benefits:

  • Improved aesthetic appearance of your smile.
  • Boosted self-esteem and confidence.
  • Enhanced comfort with your smile.
  • Greater ease when eating or speaking.
  • Improved oral health.
  • Increased durability.
  • Convenience with regular daily brushing and flossing routines.

At Compassionate Dental Care, we care about you and your smile. Let’s discuss how a dental implant can help you feel better about your smile.

Learn More About the Cost of Dental Implants and Other Factors Influencing the Benefits of This Procedure

Get in touch with our team at Compassionate Dental Care with any questions concerning dental implants. We can talk to you about the benefits of dental implants and whether you qualify for dental implant treatment. We’re excited to help you toward a happier, healthier smile. Call to schedule a FREE Dental Implant Consultation at (847) 854-7645. We are eager to walk you through the dental implant process and discuss a treatment plan for your beautiful, new, confident smile!