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Bettendorf Family Dentistry offers various cosmetic dental procedures, including dental implants. 

Dental implant surgery is a treatment that replaces a tooth root with a titanium post that can be used to replace a missing tooth or as an attachment for a removable or fixed prosthesis. These teeth are designed to look and function much like real ones. This procedure can offer an alternative to dentures or bridgework and can offer an option for enhanced retention of a removable prosthesis, such as an implant supported denture. 

Our team at Bettendorf Family Dental is committed to finding the right treatment for you.

The Dental Implant Procedure

Dental implant surgery is performed in several steps, depending on the type of implant you’re getting and your oral health.

This surgery has several stages because it requires the bone to heal entirely around the implant before proceeding to the next step. This process could take four to six months to prepare for the final placement of the implant.

The implant requires the presence of strong bone. Our team is committed to your long-term dental health and won’t rush any steps.

Here is a general process for a dental implant: 

Dental Evaluation:

We begin with a thorough assessment of your oral health. This is to make sure that dental implants are for you. This will include an X-ray and teeth models.

Implant Placement:

A titanium post, acting as a tooth root, is surgically placed in the bone. This serves as the “root” of the artificial tooth. Titanium is usually used because it can fuse the implant with the bone.

Healing Process:

We allow time for osseointegration, where the implant fuses with the bone.

Final Restoration:

A custom-made crown is attached for single tooth replacement offering a natural appearance and feel. The implant can also be used to retain removable prosthetics, such as dentures for significantly improved fit and function.

Some surgeries will require bone grafting.

The location of your bone site for your implant could be too thick, or it could be too soft. The bone must be strong to handle chewing and biting and protect the dental implant. 

Bone grafting is when a dentist adds this bone through a process called bone grafting, where bono building material is used to help solidify the implant base on the bone. Bone grafting can extend the total time of the treatment.

Benefits of Dental Implants 

Dental implants have many benefits: Dental implants offer several benefits, including:

Durability:

Implants are designed to last for many years, often a lifetime, with proper care.

Improved appearance:

They look and feel like natural teeth, enhancing your smile and facial aesthetics.

Enhanced chewing ability:

Implants function like natural teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods without discomfort.

Preservation of bone health:

Implants stimulate the bone, preventing bone loss and maintaining facial structure.

Convenience:

Implants comfortably function like a natural tooth, and can replace the need for other prosthetics, and/or cause prosthetics such as dentures to stay in place.

Speech improvement:

Missing teeth can affect speech, and implants can help restore proper speech patterns.

Oral health preservation:

Implants don’t require altering neighboring teeth, unlike traditional bridges, thus preserving natural tooth structure.

Boosted self-confidence:

With a natural-looking smile, implants can improve self-esteem and quality of life.

Who Benefits from Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a cosmetic treatment that can improve the teeth and smile of many patients. But they aren’t for everyone. Our dentists usually recommend dental implants for patients who: Dental implants benefit individuals who:

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Have one or more missing teeth
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Desire a long-term solution for tooth replacement
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Want a more natural-looking and permanent alternative to dentures or bridges
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Seek improved chewing ability and speech
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Wish to preserve their oral health and prevent bone loss
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Have sufficient bone density to support implant placement
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Are committed to maintaining good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups
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Have realistic expectations about the implant procedure and its outcomes.

Comprehensive Care for Implants:

Dental implants will be as effective as they are cared for. Patients who practice good care will achieve the best results: 

Regular Oral Hygiene:

Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash.

Routine Dental Check-ups:

Dentist guidance can ensure long-term success.

Avoiding Hard Foods When Possible:

Avoiding hard foods will help protect the implant.

Choose Bettendorf Family Dental for Dental Implants 

Our expert team is equipped with advanced technology and is committed to ensuring a comfortable and effective implant experience.

Dental implants offer a cosmetic option for restoring oral health and improving quality of life.

Call Bettendorf Family Dental today to schedule your first visit.

How do I know if I should choose dental implants or a different cosmetic treatment?
Modern dentistry offers several safe treatments if you want to replace or fix teeth. Dental implants replace tooth roots with metal posts while replacing damaged or missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function like your natural teeth.. This is an alternative to treatments such as bridges and dentures, which can be less costly short term than dental implants. Several factors can influence the right treatment for you: your oral health, goals, budget, and commitment to treatment. Our dentists at Bettendorf Family Dental will be able to give you an honest recommendation after completing an initial evaluation and learning more about what treatment is best suited to you and your own oral health goals. Reach out today to schedule a free consultation.
Recovering from Dental Implant Surgery

Recovery from dental implants is often straightforward, but may come with some disruptions.

After dental implant surgery, some discomfort and side effects are normal, including:

  • Swelling in the face and gums
  • Bruising of the gums
  • Pain at the implant site
  • Minor bleeding

Your dentist will prepare you for these side effects. In most cases, they will go away within days. Should these symptoms worsen after a few days, you should contact your dentist.

Making the Most of Post-surgery

Post-surgery care might include eating soft foods, applying ice packs for swelling, and allowing time for healing. To ensure the success of your implant:

  • Maintain good oral hygiene
  • Brush your teeth regularly
  • Follow up with your dentist consistently
  • Avoid tobacco products and smoking
  • Avoid hard candy

Your dentist will provide a detailed plan for your surgery recovery.