Dental implants can help restore your bite if you’re missing a tooth — or several — or if you need to have a tooth pulled. These permanent fixtures last a lifetime with good oral hygiene, so you can feel confident about your smile. Henderson, Nevada’s top general dentist, Inri T. Hsu, DMD, specializes in placing dental implants. Get started on your implant procedure at Pecos Dental by booking an evaluation either online or over the phone.
When you lose a tooth or need to have it extracted, you need to put something in its place to prevent teeth shifting. But it’s also important to put something there to reduce your risk of bone and gum tissue loss. That's where dental implants come into play.
Getting a dental implant involves several appointments, starting with a consultation. During the actual implant surgery, your dentist will place the titanium implant deep into your jawbone. The metal tip protrudes through your gum tissue, which serves as the abutment for your crown.
It takes several months for the implant to fuse to your bone and for gum tissue to heal around it. Once it heals, it serves as the new root for your crown. The following appointment will involve permanently bonding your custom crown to the implant. If needed, you might have to book a final appointment to make adjustments to the crown if your bite isn’t perfect or feels off.
Dental implants are made of durable, artificial materials. Between the titanium material of the implant and the porcelain or ceramic material of your crown, the entire false tooth can last a lifetime.
Even though these materials are resistant to decay, you can still develop gum disease. This can cause the implant to loosen or weaken over time. Keeping on top of your oral hygiene regimen at home, and scheduling regular cleanings twice a year, can prevent this issue.
Years ago, getting a dental implant was a long, painful, and tedious process. However, with modern advancements in implants and anesthesia, you shouldn’t feel any pain during your procedure.
Patients do report feeling some pressure and discomfort while Dr. Hsu places the implant into your jaw bone, but not excruciating pain. Talk with Dr. Hsu beforehand about your concerns, so she can help you decide which sedative options might be best for you.
Book your dental implant exam at Pecos Dental by calling the office, or by using the online booking feature.