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Understanding the Dental Implant Process

A beautiful smile can truly light up a room and give you confidence in professional and social interactions on a daily basis. However, a missing, damaged, or decayed tooth/teeth can greatly reduce your confidence level as well as your overall enjoyment of life. Even something as simple as chewing can be difficult when teeth are missing. At the Henderson dental offices of Dr. Joshua Ignatowicz, we understand the value of your smile and want to help restore your oral health and happiness. One of the ways we can do that is through dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

In short, dental implants are dental crowns anchored to your jaw which permanently replace missing teeth. If that description sounds a bit scary, don’t worry! Dr. Ignatowicz and his staff will guide you through the process step-by-step and make sure you always understand what is happening at each stage. 

Dental implants create artificial roots shaped like screws which attach directly to your jawbone. This is why you need to have excellent oral health and a solid bone structure before beginning the process. The implants bond directly with your jawbone and provide a sturdy base for the crowns, or artificial teeth, which are replacing your missing ones. An abutment (connector) is placed on top of the dental implant to hold and support the crown. Once your jawbone and the implant have healed and bonded, you won’t know the difference between the crowns and your natural teeth!

Will the Process Be Painful?

Because this is a form of dental surgery and the placement process needs to be carefully completed, you will be given a local anesthetic. This means that you will be fully aware of what is happening, able to answer questions and voice concerns but feel no pain or discomfort. Dr. Ignatowicz’s goal is to restore your dental health and confidence but also ensure that you are comfortable throughout the entire process. Our Henderson dental implant team is here to alleviate any concerns or fears you have by answering all of your questions and guiding you through the entire process.

When Can I Eat Again?

Unlike other dental procedures like root canals or the placement of temporary crowns, dental implants allow you to return to eating your favorite foods once your jaw has healed and bonded with your implants. Because of this bond, the implant will be permanently placed and you will never have to worry about certain foods knocking it loose or hurting it.

If you are ready to make a positive change to your oral health and regain confidence in your smile, contact Dr. Ignatowicz to make an appointment to discuss your dental implant options including the new Teeth in a Day procedure!

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