Are you missing a tooth and want to replace that tooth with one that will last you decades? If so, skilled general dentist Matthew St. George, DDS, at St. George Family Dental in Fulton, Missouri, can help you through the use of dental implants. Implants are stronger than a natural tooth root and will never require a root canal or filling. If you have any questions regarding dental implants, call us today or schedule an appointment online.
Dental implants provide an exceptional way to preserve your dental health by replacing a missing tooth with a durable ceramic crown that’ll help mimic the look, feel, and structure of a natural tooth.
Whether you’re missing a tooth or have a broken or decayed tooth, dental implants could be the key to improving your oral health.
There are multiple advantages to having dental implants, including:
If you don’t replace your missing tooth or teeth, your surrounding teeth can shift and become misaligned. Additionally, 25% of your supporting jaw bone structure is lost within the first year; over the years this progressively worsens.
Dr. St. George uses a local anesthetic around your surgical site to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. Following this, he makes a small incision into your gum pocket where he inserts a titanium rod into your upper or lower jaw bone. He then stitches up the incision, and it takes 2 to 5 months for your bone to fuse with the rod.
Once the implant and jaw bone are fused, Dr. St. George places an abutment onto your implant. This is where your new tooth, called a crown, will be permanently attached.
You should take care of your implant the same way you would your natural teeth through daily brushing and flossing in addition to semiannual dental check-ups. By doing this, your implant can last a lifetime.
Dr. St. George recommends you rest and don’t engage in any strenuous activity for the first 24 hours following your procedure. Some side effects of this procedure may include minor bleeding, swelling, pain, or bruising of your gums. Nonetheless, these symptoms should subside within the first two days.
If you’re missing teeth and would like to learn more about dental implants, call St. George Family Dental today or schedule your appointment online.