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At Maine Family Dental Practice we understand that making decisions about your oral health can be hard and the best way to be confident is by having all of the information. Although we are more than happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have at your personal consultation, we also have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions to provide you with some quick answers.
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From the time your dental implant is placed surgically in your jaw until you have a fully functioning replacement tooth is anywhere between three and six months. While this might sound like a long time to wait, patients who have gotten dental implants at our Bangor dental office say it’s well worth the wait!
Where to begin with dental implants
The first step is to place the dental implant post in your jaw, which takes about an hour on average. Next, we wait. We wait for however long it takes for the titanium implant to integrate with the bone and tissue in your jaw. This healing period is critical because it’s when the implant becomes a functioning part of your jaw. How long it takes to heal completely is different for everyone.
When the implant is fully integrated, a connector piece called an abutment is attached to it. Dr. Buxton then places a restoration like a crown, bridge, or denture on the tooth. The result is a replacement tooth that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth.
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Dental implants in Bangor, ME replace missing teeth and allow you to eat, speak, and smile confidently again. If you would like to learn if you are a good candidate, please call Maine Family Dental to arrange an appointment to meet with Dr. Buxton.
If you have a missing tooth, you may be wondering which tooth replacement option is the best for your case. The answer depends on your current state of oral health and your preferences when it comes to aesthetics and functionality. Bridges, partials, and dental implants are some of the tooth replacement solutions that we offer.
A dental bridge is used to close the gap left by a missing tooth by suspending a replacement tooth in between the two teeth on either side of the gap. This form of tooth replacement makes your smile look more consistent, stabilizes your bite, and prevents teeth from shifting.
You may want to consider a partial denture if you have multiple missing teeth. Your dentist will design your removable partial to meet your needs. They're made from a gum-colored plastic material and appear natural and discreet. Your partial will let you chew and smile again in comfort.
One or more dental implants can also be used to replace your missing teeth. Dental implants are placed in the bone of your jaw using a titanium base and a lifelike crown that is visible above the gum line. The crown is attached to the base using an abutment piece. To be eligible for dental implant surgery, the bone in your jaw needs to be healthy enough to support your implant. If you have poor bone density, this condition does not necessarily rule out the possibility of dental implant surgery in the future. Dental implants are very functional and look so lifelike that you won't be able to tell the difference between the implant and your other teeth!
The best way to determine what tooth replacement option is right for you is by scheduling a consultation with your Maine Family Dental Practice Dentist. Your caring and knowledgeable dentist will evaluate the state of your oral health, listen to your questions and concerns, and design an appropriate tooth replacement plan for you! Contact us today!