Dental implants are an extraordinary way to replace missing teeth, restore one’s smile, and preserve jawbone tissue. When patients suffer from missing teeth, other oral health issues can follow if those holes in the mouth are not taken care of. While removable dentures or bridges are useful in tooth replacement, there can be issues with these options. For example, removable dentures do not return a person’s mouth to the functionality that would have existed with a full mouth of natural teeth. Dentures can slide and make eating some foods difficult to impossible. Not to mention, these options do not address the issue of jawbone loss.
Dental implants are placed into the gums and jawbone by way of a surgical procedure making them very stable. Also, because they are in the jawbone, they can help prevent bone loss. From start to finish, getting dental implants can take anywhere from four to six months for healing. This is because having dental implant surgery is a multi-step process. Though typically, pain management can be controlled by over-the-counter medication, and getting back to work or school takes little more than a day after dental surgery is completed.
If you are considering dental implants to fix your missing teeth, the good news is they have a very high success rate. They can also be either a long-term or even permanent solution to your oral health issues. Caring for your implants after the process has been completed and your mouth has healed is not unlike taking care of your natural teeth. This would include regular cleaning with brushing and still seeing your dentist every year.
Considering that dental implants are placed in the mouth through surgical means one question you may have is where would the procedure be done. Does the surgery require you to go to a hospital? The answer is that it depends. In some situations, dental implant surgery could take place in a hospital. But, often, patients have the procedure done in the comfort of their dentist’s office.
At McBride Dental, the San Marcos dental implant specialist Dr. McBride has more than 30 years helping patients fix their oral health issues through the use of implant dentistry. Dr. McBride is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry. Dental implant surgery at McBride Dental is offered in a warm, and pleasant office environment made possible by big-screen TVs, cozy blankets made available to patients, large cushy chairs, and welcoming friendly staff ready to meet you and assist you while you are in the office.
After your surgery, your dentist will discuss aftercare including how to take care of your oral health to promote healing and what foods to eat or avoid.
If you are thinking about dental implants, then you may have many questions. It can be helpful to know what to expect including where your surgery would take place. For more information, you can call McBride Dental at (760) 471-1003 to schedule a time to meet with Dr. McBride. You may be a candidate for dental implants as a means to replace teeth that have been lost.