About Dental Implants
Dental restorations like crowns, bridges, and dentures can be implanted for a longer-lasting solution to a missing tooth or teeth. The dental implant is screwed into the jawbone like a natural tooth root and then allowed to integrate into the bone and gum tissue as the patient heals. Once the implant is secure, Dr. Karuna Peravali, a family and cosmetic dentist in McKinney, TX can attach the custom restorations (crown, bridge, or dentures) to the implant. White Lotus Dental patients don't have to worry about the adhesives or food restrictions that come with other dental restorations. Dr. Peravali will color and contour the implanted teeth to match the patient's smile for a natural, attractive appearance.
What to Expect
Before a dental implant is placed, a thorough examination will be conducted to assess whether the health and strength of the gums and jawbone. If the patient is a good candidate for dental implants, digital X-rays and physical impressions will help the dentist determine the best placement for the dental implants during the procedure. Patients will be given local anesthesia and sedation if needed while the dentist places the titanium post into the jawbone. Over 3 - 6 months, the bone and implant will fuse while healing and once the implant is secure, the false tooth/teeth will be attached to the implant using a connector. The dentist will adjust the implant and replacement teeth for a comfortable and accurate fit.
Most patients have little to no pain after their dental implants are finished, but some may have temporary soreness and discomfort that can be relieved with an over-the-counter pain medication, like Aspirin or Tylenol. To prolong the life of dental implants, you should have a good home oral care routine including brushing, flossing, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash. Regular dental appointments for professional cleanings and dental exams are also important to implant care. Dental implants can last a long time with proper care, but may eventually need to be repaired or replaced.
If your dental implants are considered medically necessary, your dental insurance plan might cover some or most of the costs. However, cosmetic dental implants are usually not covered by insurance. During your consultation, our office can confirm your insurance coverage and discuss payment options and financing plans.
Plan Your Procedure
Whether you're missing one tooth, several, or all, dental implants are a long-lasting solution that look and feel natural. With dental implants, you don't have to worry about false teeth shifting, what you eat, or messy adhesives, you can simply smile and enjoy your beautiful new teeth. If you are missing teeth or you have a crown, bridge, or removable dentures, talk to your dentist about the benefits of dental implants.