What You Need to Know About Dental Implants

What You Need to Know About Dental Implants

June 27, 2018

Dental Implants - Mt. Pleasant, SCIf you are in need of teeth replacement, dental implants Mt. Pleasant, SC are a great option by Dr. Hogan at Smiles By Hogan. Dental implants are more permanent than dentures and a better choice for your oral health than simply leaving missing teeth as part of your smile.

For teeth replacement, dental implants are as close as you can get to your actual teeth, giving you the ability to eat, smile, chew, and enjoy good oral health. Here’s what you need to know about this dental implant procedure so you can make the best choice for your body.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are simply dental crowns/replacement teeth, attached to anchors and posts that have been surgically attached to your jawbone. Because they are anchored to the bone, they are permanent and sturdy, especially compared to a more temporary measure such as dentures. When dental implants are installed, the body’s bones bond with the anchors.

How are Dental Implants Installed?

Dental implant installation is a multi-part process. First, your dentist will complete an evaluation and any necessary testing and imaging to determine if you are a good candidate for this type of teeth replacement.

If you need teeth extracted in order to have dental implants installed, your dentist will do so. Next, the anchors are installed. Typically patients are sedated or anesthetized for this oral surgery. The dentist installs the anchors into the jawbone, and covers them for healing.

The next and final step, coming several months after the anchor installation, is adding the posts and crowns to the healed anchors. The result is a stable, secure, and natural fit. If you find that your mouth does not feel comfortable, your dentist may need to adjust the bite.

Dental Implant Follow-Up Care

Taking care of your new dental implants is very important. Your dentist will discuss specific aftercare for your oral health based on your history and your surgery. All patients should practice good oral hygiene, including routine flossing and brushing. Treat your dental implants just like you’d treat the rest of your teeth.

At your regular dental appointments, the dental implants will be cleaned with special tools, much like your natural teeth.

Dentist, Dr. Hogan, is happy to answer any questions you may have about dental implants in Mt. Pleasant, SC and whether they are a good choice for your own teeth replacement needs. Call our office in Mt. Pleasant, SC to help you have a healthy and beautiful smile. Call us at (843) 639-5044 or schedule an appointment online today!

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