Missing teeth can affect both your self-confidence and your quality of life. One or more missing teeth can prevent you from smiling freely and confidently, while chewing can be uncomfortable, even painful. What’s more, a gap in your smile can open the door to a range of oral health problems, including periodontal (gum) disease.
If you are bothered by the way your smile looks or experience difficulty eating and chewing because of one or more missing teeth, dental implants are a viable solution. As an experienced implant dentist, Dr. Robert Milner has helped hundreds of Mission Viejo patients regain their ability to smile, eat and speak with dental implants. Read on to learn whether dental implants can restore the function and look of your teeth.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are placed in your jaw and feel and function like normal teeth. A dental implant consists of three parts: a titanium post that is surgically embedded into the jawbone, an artificial tooth (a crown, bridge or other restoration depending on your needs) and an abutment that connects the two together. Made of durable, high-quality materials, dental implants are the most long-lasting way to replace missing teeth.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
You may benefit from dental implants if you experience one or more of the following:
- Embarrassment because of missing teeth
- Difficulty chewing and eating because of missing teeth
- Slurred or otherwise distorted speech
- Collapsed-looking face due to jaw bone loss caused by missing teeth
Dental Implant Placement
A dental implant is placed over the course of two visits to our Mission Viejo office. During the first visit, Dr. Milner will place you under local anesthesia. He will then surgically place the titanium post into your jawbone. Next, he will place a temporary crown over the post. Before placing your permanent crown, your implants must heal. Depending on several factors, including your dental health and the amount of teeth being replaced, it may take three to six months for the implant to heal. Once the implant is healed, you will return to our dental office where Dr. Milner will place the artificial tooth or teeth. Before bonding the tooth or teeth with the surrounding teeth, the dentist will check your bite and make last-minute adjustments to the restoration to make sure it’s the perfect fit and feel.
Recovering from Dental Implant Surgery
Following dental implant surgery, you may experience a bit of swelling, bruising on the gums and bleeding or discomfort around the implant. This is only temporary and should dissipate after two to three days after surgery. To minimize discomfort, Dr. Milner can prescribe pain medication. For five to seven days after surgery, you will only be able to eat soft foods. Most patients are able to return to their regular routine on the second or third day after surgery.
Dental implants have the potential to last many years, but good oral hygiene is crucial. Not brushing and flossing properly is a leading cause of implant failure. Smoking is also attributed to high failure rates with dental implants and should be avoided following surgery.
Dr. Robert Milner: The Trusted Choice for Implant Dentistry
With Dr. Milner, you can expect safe and natural-looking implant results. If you have experienced tooth loss and are looking for a long-lasting solution, contact our Mission Viejo dental practice today. To schedule an appointment please call 949-859-8899.