Dental Implants Specialist

Wakim Cosmetic and Family Dental Group

General, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry located in Wichita, KS

If you’re interested in artificial teeth with a strong, durable base, consider dental implants. Wakim Cosmetic and Family Dental Group in Wichita, Kansas, offers dental implants for patients interested in restorations like crowns, bridges, and dentures. Learn about the advantages of dental implants by scheduling an appointment with the practice online or over the phone today.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are strong titanium posts that your specialist at Wakim Cosmetic and Family Dental Group surgically implants in your jawbone, where they act as artificial tooth roots. 

The job of dental implants is to act as anchors to artificial teeth, like crowns, bridges, or dentures. 

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants offer you a myriad of benefits, including:

Comfort

Dental implants and the artificial teeth they hold are secure and fit snugly. You can count on them to be more comfortable than similar options. Also, they’re easier to talk and eat with than with traditional dentures. 

Durability

Dental implants fuse with your bone, and if you brush, floss, and regularly visit Wakim Cosmetic and Family Dental Group for checkups, they can last from several years to a lifetime.

Improved oral health

Dental implants improve your oral health by preventing teeth shifting, bad bites, and jaw loss. Because you don’t have to cement the artificial teeth that attach to them, you can also floss between them. 

Are dental implants right for me?

Dental implants may be what you’re looking for if you’ve lost teeth due to injury, disease, or decay, such as from periodontal disease. They’re also a great option if you want to replace damaged teeth.

For your dentist to consider you for dental implants, you must have healthy gums and a jawbone that’s strong enough to hold dental implants in place. If your bone isn’t sufficiently healthy, it can’t fuse with the dental implants.

If you need dental implants, but your gums or jaws aren’t ready, your dentist may recommend you start with a bone graft or sinus lift to fix the problem.

Wakim Cosmetic and Family Dental Group may also recommend a dental implant alternative if you’re a heavy smoker or if you suffer from:

  • Diabetes, heart disease, or other uncontrolled chronic conditions
  • Cancer in the neck or head area that radiation is treating

For a definitive answer, schedule a consultation at Wakim Cosmetic and Family Dental Group.

How long do dental implants take to heal?

After your dentist installs your dental implants, your jawbone and gums undergo a healing process, during which your implants fuse with your bone. This can take several months. 

During the healing process, you will experience varying degrees of soreness, particularly right after the procedure. You can treat your discomfort with over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. 

After your implants fuse with your jawbone and your mouth fully heals, you can return to the practice for your artificial teeth, which your dentist attaches to the implant.

Dental implants are a reliable and versatile option for many patients. To find out if dental implants are the right fit for you, call Wakim Cosmetic and Family Dental Group, or contact the practice using the online scheduling tool.