If you are missing any number of teeth, dental implants can be the first step in restoring your smile. Dr. Sharp has advanced training, which he uses to skillfully place implants. He has a dental implant himself, and he's here to help you through every step of your implant journey.View transcript
[00:00:02.680] An implant is a titanium post, [00:00:08.320] then we're able to put telescoping pieces on top of that, [00:00:12.480] that allow us to build a tooth. [00:00:15.760] Part of the process of getting a dental implant is figuring out [00:00:19.840] do we have enough surrounding jaw structure or bone, [00:00:24.040] if you will, to support the implant. The implant needs [00:00:27.640] to be completely encased in bow. There are a lot of dentists that take [00:00:31.640] weekend courses to learn how to place implant, [00:00:35.520] but I would advise people to seek out someone with advanced training. [00:00:40.520] A good candidate for dental implants is anyone who doesn't have [00:00:44.120] all their natural teeth. Dental implant procedures are not instant. [00:00:51.800] Usually to get from start to finish, it could be anywhere [00:00:57.200] from a 3-8-9 month process. Dental implants are surprisingly [00:01:04.080] comfortable to do and to tolerate. Patients almost to a person will say, [00:01:12.240] "Boy, it really wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be." [00:01:16.160] They are oftentimes used to having had a bad experience with an extraction [00:01:23.760] of their natural tooth. They think implants are going to be [00:01:27.240] just as bad as that. It's usually not a bad situation at all. [00:01:31.760] The benefits of dental implants for a patient are many. [00:01:36.800] The biggest benefit that patients will tell me is this just feels like [00:01:44.480] I have my tooth back. I don't feel like it's foreign. [00:01:48.040] I feel like it's real. I personally have a dental implant [00:01:53.080] in my mouth and I could not, you know, [00:01:56.960] I can tell you where it is, but I can't tell you that it feels different. [00:02:02.360] You would not know and patients do not know. [00:02:06.440] Once they get implants in, they forget that they even, were missing teeth.