Roughly 40% of New York’s entire population is found on Long Island, and that huge concentration of people obviously needs quality medical and dental care for any issue they may face. One procedure that could help you if you’re missing teeth is a dental implant. By implanting dental appliances permanently, the hassle of dentures is eliminated completely and yours mile will look and feel as natural as the real thing.
But it’s not always easy to fully understand the dental implant procedure. And with plenty of people out there already afraid of the dentist, it’s something that is well worth taking a minute to explain. That way, you may not be as nervous about what to expect. With that in mind, here’s what you should know.
- It begins with a consultation visit. During this visit, your dentist will help you determine what options are best for you. In most cases you’ll be able to get mini dental implants which involve faster recovery times, less discomfort, and better results. Either way, your dentist will explain the process to you fully and let you know exactly what to expect. They may also take a dental mold at this time, or could do so later.
- The procedure itself begins with the dentist drilling small holes in your gums and into your jawbone. You’ll be anesthetized, so the pain will be non-existent during this procedure.
- Anchors are set into those holes that will serve as the mounting points for the implants. These anchors will gradually become a part of your mouth as your bone fuses to them over time, making the process something that truly is permanent.
- Depending on the type of implants you’re getting, there may be a recovery period before the next step takes place. With mini dental implants, it may take place immediately. No matter which it is, the next phase is placing the implant into the anchor and affixing it permanently. The replacement dentures look just like your real teeth, and as a result you’ll be able to smile without worrying about what others might think.
The entire process can be completed in a few hours with mini dental implants, and may take longer with traditional ones. Either way, you’ll be able to get a smile that makes you feel good about yourself and that offers numerous other benefits. Contact us at Shine Dental Associates today to set up a consultation visit and learn more about how we can help you get the smile you want.