I’m Jessica Arenas and I’m here with Dr. Sarathy of Charleston Oral and Facial Surgery. Dr. Sarathy, thank you for being here. Thank you for having us. Now, we’re going to talk about a pretty simple procedure and very common, dental implants. Right. What exactly are dental implants? Dental implants have been around for a long time, since the late 1960s. They are nowadays our go-to option for reconstructing patients that have missing teeth, whether it be single or multiple teeth. They’re made out of a variety of different materials, typically titanium, sometimes ceramics, all of which are bio-compatible and extremely healthy for the patient. When placed surgically they help to restore missing dentition and provide a stable, healthy foundation for the patient’s general dentist to reconstruct or rebuild the smile. Wow, so just get an amazing new smile. Correct. What makes someone a really good candidate for dental implants? That’s a great question. Dental implants are an option for most patients. When a patient is referred to us they’re evaluated thoroughly in our offices by both surgeons and staff. We also speak with the patient’s general dentist to kind of formulate a treatment plan that in most instances a patient that is missing a single tooth or multiple teeth may well be a candidate for dental implant therapy. Dental implants come with a couple of benefits. First, they provide a stable foundation for restoring multiple missing teeth or single teeth that are kind of free from some of the issues that arise with conventional treatments, such as crowns and bridges. When people lose teeth the bone around those teeth tends to go away. It shrinks over time and so the second big advantage is that when dental implants are placed they help to prevent that process. What is the recovery process like? That’s a great question. Again, dental implant surgery is pretty straight forward. Obviously, with any type of surgery there’s going to be some post-operative swelling, but fortunately, post-operative discomfort is fairly minimal and usually controlled really well with the medicines that we send patients home on. So it’s a very minimal process? Correct. And down time, which is a big question that we often get, is – you know, usually results in a couple of days, so patients can get back to a regular routine and get back into their life pretty quickly. So just a couple of days for a brand new smile. Correct. Well, thank you, Dr. Sarathy, for breaking down dental implants for us. If you’d like to learn more information about Charleston Oral and Facial Surgery, check out our screen right here. You can give them them a call or check them out on their website, www.coafs.com.