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Dental implants are the preferred solution for restoring a person’s eating ability as well as appearance. They provide a wide range of benefits, such as support for bridges, crowns, and artificial teeth. Dental implants are meant to be used as a replacement for tooth roots.
Dental implants are especially useful when the lack of natural teeth roots prevent the use of denture or bridgework tooth replacements.
At McDonald DDS, Dr. Edwin McDonald highly recommends dental implants because they provide a sturdier foundation and feel more comfortable.
Dental Implants vs. Dental Veneers - What’s the Difference?
Dental veneers are thin shells made out of resin or porcelain that dentists apply to the surface of the teeth. Our specialists design them especially to fit your smile and improve the appearance of your teeth.
Dental veneers are the recommended solution if you want to cover stains, breaks, chips, and gaps in your teeth.
The primary difference between the two is that dental implants are a restorative procedure. Veneers, however, are a form of cosmetic treatment. Unlike dental implants, which serve a more functional purpose, dental veneers are used to make the teeth more aesthetically pleasing.
Dental implants are used for replacing the entire tooth, while dental veneers are used to enhance the appearance of healthy teeth. Both implants and veneers can be used to complement your smile and address certain cosmetic issues.
Dental implants often take longer because of the nature of their treatment. Depending on the number of teeth that need to be replaced, the treatment process may require several appointments over several months.
The implant needs time to integrate with the bone permanently. Once the process of osseointegration is complete, dental implants emerge stronger than natural teeth.
Dental veneer procedures, on the other hand, require two to three visits. The teeth are flled to make room for the veneer to fit over them. Our dentists use the first appointment to make an impression and prepare permanent veneers. The veneers are ready for placement in about two to three weeks. In other words, the procedure for dental veneers should be complete in about a month.
How Long Should You Wait for Dental Implants After Extraction?
The process of tooth extraction requires a lot of time for healing. Depending on your circumstances, you may have to wait at least 12 weeks after the tooth is extracted before dental implants can be inserted.
This waiting period should allow the mouth to properly heal after you’ve undergone major oral surgery. There are a few exceptions to this rule. In some cases, patients at McDonald DDS may be ready for a dental implant right after their tooth extraction.
Whether or not you have to wait depends on the time needed for your mouth to heal. Depending on various factors, including your tooth position, health status, and possibility of infection, you can have the dental implants placed immediately.
Certain medical conditions, such as periodontal disease, diabetes, and cancer, may require additional treatment before the procedure can be performed. The number of implants you need depends on the amount of bone available for the implant.
Patients can't determine on their own whether or not they are an ideal candidate for immediate dental implants, or if they will have to wait a few months to complete the surgery. Only a complete examination by an oral surgeon will help you decide which surgery option is ideal for you and your special circumstances.
Making the Case for Dental Implants
Most patients find the task of waiting 10 months to be extremely daunting, and they begin to wonder if dental implants are worth the wait. At McDonald DDS, our dental experts, who are specialists in dental implants, believe that dental implants are an excellent teeth replacement option for people for a variety of reasons, including:
The process may seem long, but the end result is definitely worth the time and cost investment. Very few oral procedures can match, or even exceed, the results of dental implants.
Using Dental Implants for TMJ/TMD
Some patients ask if dental implants can be used for treating TMJ and TMD. Missing teeth often lead to the shifting of teeth that can cause temporomandibular joint disorders (TMDs).
TMD is a name given to a cluster of over 30 conditions that lead to pain and dysfunction in the jaw and muscles. TMD refers to the disorders, while TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint itself.
It is recommended to have a consultation with our doctor, Dr. Edwin McDonald, for a consultation. Our doctor will perform a dental exam to determine if your case of TMJ can be fixed with a dental implant.
Call Today to Schedule Your Dental Implant Appointment
At McDonald DDS, you get a team of experienced professionals - all in a single location - to save time and cost. Our experienced dental team specializes in dental implants, oral surgery, reconstructive care, and more. We expertly diagnose and treat each case by providing personal care to your specific needs. Our team takes great pride in handling the most complicated cases.
Call us today at (469) 649-0699 and place your appointment for a consultation. Our specialists will answer all of your questions about dental implants and help restore your smile. Give priority to your oral health, and don’t hesitate to call our experts.