Implants are titanium posts that act as an artificial root when natural ones are not present. They are placed when a tooth or teeth are missing. Implants are the closest thing to having your own teeth. They help preserve bone loss and can improve your appearance, speech, and self-esteem.
The advantage to having a dental implant is that it can be used to replace one tooth, or many teeth depending on your needs. Implants can also be used as an anchor for a permanent denture.
An implant does not involve other teeth in your mouth to replace a missing tooth, which increases the overall health of your mouth. In contrast, a bridge relies on the adjacent teeth to provide support.
If you and Dr. Fernandez decide that an implant is the right choice to meet your tooth-replacement needs, a referral to an oral surgeon or prosthodontist will be given to you for a consultation. At the consultation, the specialist will determine what the timeframe will be for your particular situation in regards to extraction of teeth, implant placement, and healing time.
After the implant has been placed, there will be healing time to integrate the implant into your bone. Typically, this takes from four to six months. When adequate healing has taken place, we will receive correspondence from your specialist indicating that it is time to complete the implant treatment by placing a crown onto your implant.
Dental Implant Care
You can take care of an implant, just like your real teeth by:
- Having regular hygiene checkups at our Mount Vernon dental office
Dental Implants at Fernandez Dental
Dr. Fernandez works with great oral surgeons and prosthodontists who we have the utmost confidence in to help us create your beautiful smile and give you back functioning teeth.
We will be with you every step of the way. It can sometimes be confusing when first having an implant diagnosed. No question will go unanswered! Whether you are in our office, or have a question about your implant treatment when you are at home, we are a phone call away!
From the first consultation at the specialist, the surgery involved, to subsequent visits to monitor healing, we are in constant contact with your oral surgeons/prosthodontists as your treatment progresses. You can be assured of having the best team to take care of your implant needs and final restoration.