Are Dental Implants right for you?
Start with a consultation
It’s difficult to know whether a dental implant is the right treatment for you without the help of an expert. That’s why Dr. Mauro of North Hills Family Dentistry offers a $99 dental implant consultation, which includes a full set of x-rays, Cone Beam scans, and photos of your smile. X-rays, photos and scans help us examine the health of your remaining teeth as well as your entire mouth. CBCT scans will be especially helpful as they allow us to see bone and soft tissue. Understanding the health of your jawbone and gums is the first step in determining the treatment plan that will be most successful for you. The team at North Hills can help you get your smile back. Give us a call today to schedule your consultation.
The process for receiving
In order to craft dental implants that look and feel like the real thing, we use advanced 3D CBCT scanners to map the contours of your jaw and teeth. This technology requires even less radiation exposure than x-rays and gives us a detailed map for placing your new dental implant.
Using information from these scans, Dr. Mauro will accurately place a metal post into the gum and jaw where your old tooth used to be. Your gum and jaw are then given time to heal around the post, which will act as an artificial root for your new tooth. Once you’ve healed, Dr. Mauro will craft a custom crown using the scans to precisely mimic the size and shape of your old tooth. The crown is then secured to the post with an abutment, and the result is a perfectly fitting dental implant that looks and feel seamless in your smile.
Will It Hurt
To Get A Dental Implant?
No. You will not experience any discomfort or pain during the implant placement process. While this surgery does involve making an opening in the gums tissue and the jaw bone, Dr. Mauro will use powerful numbing agents to completely numb the nerves near the treatment area. This keeps you comfortable throughout the procedure. We also offer sedation options like laughing gas at North Hills Family Dental, which can help you fight back against anxiety and stay more relaxed during your procedure.
However, while you won’t feel any pain during your procedure, it’s common to feel some pain and discomfort after your treatment is over and you go home to rest and recover. You may also notice bleeding, bruising, swelling, and tenderness near the implant site.
Your pain and discomfort will usually peak within a few days of your dental implant placement, and then will begin to fade. Your mouth should be fully recovered within 1-2 weeks. If you are still experiencing a lot of pain after 1-2 weeks, this is not normal, and you should contact Dr. Mauro for a follow up right away.
How Long Will
My Dental Implants Last?
If you care for your dental implant properly, you can expect it to last for the rest of your life. More than 90% of all dental implants are still in great shape after 30+ years, so it’s likely that you’ll never have to worry about replacing your missing tooth again.
The most important thing to do to maximize the lifespan of your dental implant is to brush and floss properly. Brush twice a day for two minutes using fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day. You can treat dental implants just like natural teeth, and maintaining good oral hygiene will keep your implant and the surrounding gum tissue healthy.
It’s also a good idea to see Dr. Lawrence Mauro for a teeth cleaning and oral exam every six months. During this time, our team will clean and inspect your natural teeth as well as your dental implant to make sure you’re free of common oral health issues.
What Is A
Dental Implant Restoration?
This is a term that’s used to refer to the prosthesis that restores your missing tooth and your smile. The term “dental implant restoration” is often used to distinguish this prosthesis from the implant itself, which is the small piece of titanium that’s permanently implanted into your gums and jaw.
The most common type of dental implant restoration is a dental crown, which is bonded onto the dental implant to restore one missing tooth. However, there are a lot of other types of restorations available, such as permanent implant-supported dental bridges, as well as fixed and removable implant-supported dentures.
If you’re not sure which type of dental implant restoration may be right for you, Dr. Lawrence Mauro can help. At your consultation, he’ll examine your mouth, discuss your budget and your oral health, and help you choose the right treatment for your unique situation.
Although patients have a variety of treatment options, dental implants are the most permanent and longest-lasting choice. Depending on the state of your oral health, they may be the best option for you. But you won’t know until you schedule a consultation with Dr. Mauro at North Hills Family Dentistry. Contact us with any questions about dental implants, and we’ll do all we can to give you back your smile.
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