Veneers may improve the appearance of teeth but if you want to make a broken, chipped, or decayed tooth functional again, your best option may be a dental implant. With locations in Lake Worth and Greenacres, Florida, Big Smile Dentistry is home to Rasmi Akel, DDS, an expert in dental implants. Contact their office today to learn more.
Dental implants are artificial teeth that look, feel, and function just like normal teeth.
A dental implant is made up of three parts: a titanium rod placed in the jawbone, an abutment to hold the crown in place, and the crown itself, which is virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth.
If you have healthy gums and bones to support an implant, this is an excellent way to complete an otherwise crooked smile. Patients receive dental implants for a variety of reasons, including:
Dental implants are a permanent solution to a missing or damaged tooth. Many patients report that the process of getting a dental implant is less painful than a tooth extraction.
Dr. Akel will start by assessing your teeth and creating a treatment plan based on your individual needs. If he determines that a dental implant is the right treatment for you, the process will begin. This procedure can take many months and several appointments.
At your first appointment after the initial consultation, you will need surgery to place the titanium rod portion of the dental implant. Dr. Akel cuts open your gum and exposed bone and then implants a titanium rod deep inside of your bone. After surgery, there will be a hole where the tooth used to be so you may be given a temporary denture.
After the procedure, your jawbone will heal over the course of several months. During a process called osseointegration, the metal rod begins to fuse with your jawbone which allows the metal rod to act as the root of your tooth.
Once that process is complete, you’ll have another surgery with Dr. Akel in which he places the abutment on top of the titanium post. The abutment is the part of the implant that holds the crown in place.
After that, your gums will need one or two weeks to heal before the crown can be placed. Then Dr. Akel will create a digital impression of your bite from which the crown will be made. Once he places it in your gums, it will be virtually indistinguishable from your normal teeth.
Many symptoms are common after each surgery. You may experience:
During this time, you should limit your diet to soft foods while the surgical site heals. If your symptoms worsen after the procedure, Dr. Akel may prescribe you antibiotics or pain medication.
If you’re interested in dental implants, contact Dr. Akel today.