You are ready to replace your failing tooth! You’ve decided to invest in a dental implant, and now you need to know the process and timeline for completing your restoration. Here is what you can expect when you choose dental implants in Keller to restore your smile.
The First Step
Now that you are moving forward with your dental implant, the first step will be to have it surgically placed with a local specialist. The placement surgery is actually much easier than having a tooth extracted, and most patients are pleasantly surprised at how smoothly it goes.
Once your implant is placed, it will need time to heal and integrate with your bone. Each patient’s case is unique, so healing can take anywhere from 3-6 months. Your dentist and specialist will be checking your implant during that time to ensure that it is healing properly. Implants are a highly successful treatment option and they boast a 95% success rate.
Restoring Your Tooth
Once the integration is completed, your implant is ready for your crown. Your dentist will custom design a porcelain crown to match your missing tooth in both shape and shade. Not only will your new tooth complete your smile in an aesthetically pleasing manner, it will also provide all the function for eating and chewing that you once had since it closely mimics your natural tooth.
Caring For Your Implant
Implants offer excellent longevity as they can potentially last for a lifetime with the right home care and regular checkups with your dentist. You will find that your implant is easy to care for as you’ll be brushing and flossing with ease like you used to. Keeping your implant clean ensures that it is free of bacteria, which can cause infection and is the number one cause of implant failure.
If you have questions about any part of the implant process, you dentist is your number one resource. They will be working closely with the specialist throughout the entire process and will also be helping you care for your implant for many years to come.
About Distinguished Dental
Dr. Sheri McIntosh provides exceptional dentistry to patients in Keller, TX. At Distinguished Dental you will receive service that is beyond compare and dentistry that you can trust and be proud of. We welcome patients of all ages and look forward to building a relationship with you!
If you would like to contact Dr. McIntosh, she can be reached through her website or by calling 817-337-8300.