You've probably heard of dentures and bridges, but what about dental implants? While less commonly known, dental implants are an increasingly popular service offered at ParkLin Dental in Katonah, and we're here to answer your all your questions about the procedure that can put you on the path to a healthy smile.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a replacement for a missing tooth or teeth, the implant itself acting as the root of the tooth. The procedure uses a metal post, screwed into the jawbone, which creates a permanent foundation for an artificial tooth.
Who might need a dental implant?
If you are missing one or multiple teeth, a dental implant can fill in the gaps of your smile. Teeth may require removal due to decay, damage or injury, and a dental implant is an attractive and sturdy substitute for a natural tooth.
What are the advantages of a dental implant?
While dentures are often used by those with a large number of missing teeth, they require removal for cleaning and sleeping, as well as requiring the application of an adhesive to hold them in place. Even then, dentures can slide around in your mouth, making chewing, talking and smiling difficult. Dental implants stay in the mouth securely and permanently, offering you peace of mind and comfort. You will be able to chew, floss and brush like you would your natural teeth.
Is the procedure painful?
Dental implants are a surgical procedure, so your Katonah dentist will apply an anesthetic to numb your mouth and dull any pain you may feel. You many experience some inflammation, and an over the counter pain killer can help make you more comfortable post procedure. Avoiding crunchy foods in the days after your dental implants is recommended.
How successful is the procedure?
For the majority of people, dental implants can be done efficiently and successfully, the result lasting decades. While artificial teeth do not experience decay, good dental hygiene is still a must for keeping your gums, which surround the dental implant, healthy.
Are dental implants covered by insurance?
You will need to check with your dental insurance provider to see if the procedure is eligible for coverage.
Let Parklin Dental in Katonah, NY, help you achieve a your best smile yet with dental implants. Schedule your appointment at 914-232-8182.