What Happens After You and Your Dentist Decide on a Dental Implant?
You've decided to restore your smile with a dental implant! Congratulations for choosing one of the most innovative and effective long-term tooth replacement options dentistry has to offer. Now you're probably wondering what happens next; here's what you should know about getting a dental implant in Apex, NC.
The first step is placing the dental implant itself into your jawbone. This is done during a surgical procedure that Dr. Cordes can complete here in the comfort of our Apex office.
The implant, which is made of biocompatible titanium will naturally integrate with your bone over the next few months during a process called osseointegration. This process allows the implant to actually become part your dental anatomy and support your new tooth just as your root once did. It also keeps your bone healthy and stimulates it so there is no deterioration.
Once your implant is completely healed and fully integrated with your bone, it is ready to support your new tooth, which is a porcelain crown when you are replacing a single tooth. Dental implants are also capable of supporting dental prosthetics such as a bridge or denture, which can restore multiple teeth. In fact, dental implants provide denture wearers with a more stable fit and help promote longevity for their denture by keeping the jawbone healthy.
Care and Maintenance
You will be able to brush and floss normally around your implant crown, and you should continue to brush at least twice and floss at least once every day to keep your implant tooth clean and bacteria-free. Dental implants provide excellent longevity for patients as they can often last for a lifetime with the proper care and regular dental checkups.
Your routine visits with Dr. Cordes every six months are even more important when you have an implant. He will monitor the health of your bone and implant through regular examinations and x-rays throughout the year.
If you have questions about caring about your dental implant or it's time to schedule your next appointment, please give our office a call today.