Tooth loss can result in shrinkage of gums and jawbones that can lead to pain from ill-fitting dentures, decreased chewing function, and subtle malnutrition. It can also be a source of emotional or psychological distress. Dr. Cobb can provide a unique solution to the problem of toothlessness with dental implants. Dental implants are the next best thing to having your own teeth. The benefits of dental implants include an increased chewing capacity, improved speech and appearance. Implants can be the solution when it has become difficult or impossible to wear a removable dentures.
No matter what your age, if you are missing one or more of your natural teeth, dental implants may be the solution for you. With years of university-based research and clinical use, dental implants are now a long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing alternative to missing teeth.
Dental implants are devices placed in your jawbone that are substitutes for the root portion of lost natural teeth. The implants provide a stable foundation which allows you to bite, chew and smile with the same confidence you had with your natural teeth. Individuals with adequate bone level and density who are not prone to infection and can maintain stringent oral hygiene are good candidates for implants.
The placement of dental implants is usually performed in the office under local anesthesia and IV sedation. The procedure is generally a two step procedure. The first step is where the implant is placed in the jaw bone where it remains for three to six months to allow for bone to grow up to the implant. This process is called “osseointegration,” and has to occur if the implant is to work appropriately. The second procedure is where a metal attachment is placed to the implant onto which the final restoration is fabricated to replace the missing tooth.
Dental implants have helped thousands of people regain their self-confidence and live fuller, more active lives. Dr. Cobb has had the experience of placing hundreds of dental implants in satisfied patients with excellent long-term results. Let us at AACOMS help you obtain a shine in your smile for a lifetime!
The placement of dental implants is usually performed in the office under local anesthesia and IV sedation.
Key aspects to know before.
Patients who will be undergoing implant placement need to understand that a dental implant is a foreign body which the human body needs to completely incorporate in to its natural bone. Such process is called osseointegration, and it can fail if close attention is not taken to the postoperative care. Therefore, it is extremely important that patients follow instructions adequately in order to insure the healing progresses along as expected and without any problems.
The postoperative instructions are to assist you in getting over the healing phase of your surgery as comfortable as possible. In order for this to happen, it is imperative that you read the instructions to better prepare for the healing events which will ensue. Although you can expect to have certain things occur, like some bleeding immediately after surgery and possibly some swelling, most implants are extremely well tolerated by most patients. In addition, there are times when bone grafting procedures are placed simultaneously along with implants making the process a little more involved for the individual in terms of their wound care. A copy of all postoperative care instructions following implant placement can be downloaded from the PDF files within this section.