When a tooth goes bad, a titanium dental implant may be your best option. It will make chewing easier, restore your full smile and prevent further damage to your surrounding teeth.
- What are Dental Implants?
- Tooth Replacement Options
- Dental Implants Procedure
- Dental Mini Implants
- Bone Grafting
- Sinus Lift
What Are Dental Implants?
TITANIUM ROOT REPLACEMENT
Dental or oral implants are small, sturdy, posts made out of titanium that function to mimic the root of your natural tooth.
If accident, injury, disease, or extraction has left you with a missing tooth or teeth, Advanced Dental Care of Jasper, Texas, specializes in oral implants, otherwise known as dental implants that can help to rectify your dental dilemma. By using dental implants, Dr. Koch can reproduce the natural appearance and function of your missing teeth. Before the use of dental or oral implants, creating a normal-looking tooth was hard to achieve. Dentures, bridge restorations, and other dental treatments showed inadequate results, but dental implants have proven to be an effective alternative if you are looking to perfect your smile. The use of dental implants provides a more stable alternative, providing you with natural-looking teeth replacements that offer the same function as your own teeth.
DENTAL IMPLANTS EXPLAINED
Dental or oral implants are small, sturdy, posts made out of titanium that function to mimic the root of your natural tooth. Dr. Koch prefers titanium metal because of its ability to mesh easily with your bone and oral tissues, and once the dental implant is in place, the implant can hold a crown, bridge, or over-denture (implant supported denture)securely just as your natural teeth would. Dr. Koch highly recommends dental implants when replacement is required for a single tooth or a full arch of teeth that have been lost due to injury, decay, or disease.
ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS DIFFICULT TO MAINTAIN?
Dental Implants require no special maintenance; in fact, dental implants require the same maintenance as your natural teeth: brushing, flossing, and regular dental examinations. When you maintain your dental or oral implants correctly, they can last a lifetime.
DO I QUALIFY FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dr. Koch or one of the professional staff at Advanced Dental Care will discuss with you to determine if dental implants meet your dental needs, but normally, you will want dental implants if you are experiencing any of the following dental conditions:
- You have one or more missing teeth
- You need support for a partial denture
- You need support and stability for full upper or lower dentures
- You feel discomfort while chewing
- You lack confidence while talking, eating, or smiling
- You want to improve your overall oral and psychological health
- You want to improve your appearance and regain confidence
EVOLUTION OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
While many patients choose traditional dental implants, others are choosing a newer alternative: mini dental implants. Mini dental implants provide the same stable support as standard implants, but their benefits far outweigh their more traditional counterpart. Ask Dr. Koch which dental implant is right for you.
DENTAL IMPLANTS AND DR. KOCH
Dr. Koch learns new dental technologies by frequently attending continuing education courses. His ongoing learning allows him to offer improved dental treatments to you; such is the case with dental implants. He has enrolled in a variety of continuing education institutions, including the Misch Implant Institute. (KOIS Center for Advanced Dentistry, Clinical Foundation of Orthopedics and Orthodontics.)
Dr. Koch is a member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, the Sabine District Dental Society, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and the American Society of Osseointegration. He is also a fellow at the Misch Implant Institute and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, where he received a Diplomate of ICOI, the highest honor from this organization.
When you visit Dr. Koch at Advanced Dental Care, you can rest assured that you will receive the most current treatments available in the dental industry, especially if dental implants are in your future. As a trained implant dentist, Dr. Koch can take care of each aspect of the dental implant process, ranging from the placement of the implant to the actual restoration of your tooth with CEREC technology. His ability to offer a complete dental implant treatment not only saves you time but also saves you money – what better reason to smile!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW LONG DO DENTAL IMPLANTS LAST?
Dental implants are meant to last for a lifetime. The titanium fixture placed in your jaw won’t have to be replaced, but the natural-looking crown will have to be replaced once about every 10 to 15 years. You can make your crown last for a long time by taking good care of it.
You can take care of your dental implant easily — all you have to do is treat it like a natural tooth. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and visit Dr. Koch for regular cleanings. At your checkups, Dr. Koch will make sure your implant is thoroughly cleaned and in good condition.
HOW PAINFUL IS A DENTAL IMPLANT?
The dental implant surgery isn’t painful because you’ll be given a local anesthetic in the area and Dr. Koch can also administer sedation. Sedation isn’t necessary for dental implant procedures, but it can help you feel more comfortable.
After your procedure, you may experience some discomfort as your surgical site heals. It’s rare to experience severe pain after a dental implant procedure because the procedure is highly successful. If you’re in a lot of pain following your procedure, contact our office by calling 409-384-5438 because you might need professional help.
ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS SAFE?
Yes, dental implants are safe. In fact, dental implants are great for improving your oral health and protecting the beauty of your smile. The dental implant procedure has a very high success rate and few complications.
Dental implants are also the only tooth replacement solution that keeps your jawbone strong. When you lose a tooth, your jawbone will begin to weaken and threaten your other teeth as well as change your appearance. A dental implant can keep your smile healthy and strong.
HOW LONG DOES A DENTAL IMPLANT PROCEDURE TAKE?
The dental implant surgery itself takes only one to two hours. But the healing process will take several months to complete. During the healing process, your titanium fixture will become a part of your jawbone through a process called osseointegration.
To help the healing process, Dr. Koch will give you some instructions on aftercare. Following these instructions can help you recover more quickly from your dental implant procedure and prevent complications in your healing.