Dental implants mimic the feel, appearance, and function of your natural teeth. They can restore your smile to its near-original condition while lowering the risk of gum recession and bone loss. At Regal Dentistry in Las Vegas, Nevada, the expert team of cosmetic and family dentists offers dental implant placement and restoration. Book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the office today.
Dental implants are oral prosthetics used to replace missing teeth. They have three components –– a titanium post, an abutment piece, and restoration. The post replaces your tooth root and integrates with your jaw, providing a firm foundation for crowns, bridges, or implant-supported dentures.
Because dental implants fuse to the bone, they don’t slip or slide. This makes it easier to bite, chew, and speak confidently.
Dental implants provide many advantages over traditional restorations. Because they integrate with your jaw, they preserve your oral health, preventing your teeth from shifting and limiting bone loss. In addition, dental implants are:
Dental implants can also improve the appearance of your facial features. They support the muscles around your cheeks and lips, preventing sagging skin and wrinkles.
To receive dental implants, you need healthy gums and enough jawbone volume to support them. At your initial consultation, your dentist conducts an oral exam, reviews your dental history, and takes digital X-rays. If you have gum disease or low bone volume, the team might recommend periodontal treatment or a bone graft first.
Let your dentist know if you have a chronic condition like high blood pressure or diabetes. While these ailments won’t keep you from getting implants, they may increase the risk of complications, like implant failure.
If Regal Dentistry determines that you’re a good candidate for dental implants, the team administers a local anesthetic and places them into your jaw. Following the procedure, your mouth heals for several months, allowing time for each post to integrate with your bone.
After the implants fuse with your jaw, you return to Regal Dentistry. Your dentist takes a series of digital impressions with the iTero® 5D intraoral scanner and sends them to the on-site dental laboratory. The lab techs then manufacture your custom crowns, bridge, or implant-supported dentures.
Once your restorations are finished, you return for your final appointment. Your dentist attaches the restorations to your implants, restoring your smile as well as your chewing and biting abilities.
Keeping your dental implants in optimal condition requires good oral hygiene. Regal Dentistry recommends brushing twice daily, floss regularly, and visit the office every six months for an oral exam and professional cleaning.
To prevent chips, cracks, or other damage, avoid bad habits like chewing on ice, nail-biting, or opening objects with your teeth. If you play contact sports or grind your teeth, mouth guards can provide additional protection.
Learn more about the benefits of dental implants by requesting a consultation at Regal Dentistry. Book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the office to speak with a staff member today.