Des Moines Dental Implants

Dental Implants Q & A

Dental implants are an excellent long-term choice to replace one tooth, multiple, or all teeth.

What is are dental implants?

Dental implants are the closest alternative to natural teeth.  Dental implants consist of a few parts.  The first part, called the implant, is anchored into your jawbone.  The second part, called the abutment, protrudes above the gum, which will allow the third part, called the crown, to fit over the abutment.  Together, these parts will serve to give you an artificial tooth.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants reverses the negative impact of missing teeth by:

  • Restoring and maintaining your natural bite.
  • Reducing the load that your other teeth takes on.
  • Keeping opposing teeth stay in their proper place.
  • Preventing shifting and tilting of nearby teeth.
  • Reducing the progression of decay and periodontal disease.
  • Enhancing your smile, speech, and chewing.

How is the treatment performed?

Once you and your dentist has agreed that a dental implant treatment is right for you then we will refer you to an oral surgeon, who will place your dental implant.  In a couple months, you will see the oral surgeon again to confirm that the implant is secure.  Then you come back to our office where we take an impression, which will only take about 30 minutes. 

We send this impression to the lab, who will make you a beautiful and functional crown.  Two weeks after the impression is sent to the lab, you will come back for the seating of your new implant crown.  This appointment will also take about 30 minutes.  Adjustments are made if necessary.  Other factors you and your dentist will consider at this time include:

  • Making sure you are satisfied with the color match and appearance.
  • Making sure your bite is accurate and not high.
  • Making sure the contour of the crown is compatible with your soft tissues.

Once you are happy with everything, your dentist will use a screw the abutment and crown onto the implant.

How do I care for my dental implants?

Dental implants require the same maintenance as natural teeth.  Brushing and flossing in the morning and at night and seeing your hygienist at least twice a year for check-ups will ensure your gums around your implant remain healthy.  Dental implants cannot get a cavity; however, the gum tissue can become infected.  Gum disease can weaken the bone supporting your dental implant.

How long do dental implants last?

When properly maintained with daily brushing, flossing, and routine check-ups dental implants can last a life-time.

A final word from Dr. Trung Phan:

Throughout your dental implant procedure, you may have questions that are not covered above.  We will make sure to answer all of your questions and make sure you are comfortable during your dental implant treatment.  We love getting questions from our patients!  Our goal is to help you preserve your natural smile for a lifetime, because your smile is your best asset!