Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are a popular tooth restoration procedure that can last for years, and in some cases, even a lifetime. An implant is a small titanium metal post that is surgically placed in the part of the jawbone where you’re missing teeth. Since titanium is a biocompatible material, it fuses with the jawbone to create a solid and stable foundation for the placement of artificial teeth.
Dental implants are a great tooth replacement choice for those who have one or more missing teeth, have adequate jawbone mass or qualify for bone grafting, have healthy oral tissues, and are in good overall health.
How to Prepare for Dental Implants
Dental implants involve various specialists, including an oral surgeon, a periodontist, a prosthodontist, and occasionally, an ENT specialist. Since implants require one or more surgical procedures a patient has to undergo a thorough evaluation to prepare for the process.
A comprehensive dental exam that includes 3D images and dental x-rays is conducted to see the condition of the teeth and jaw. Furthermore, you have to disclose your medical conditions and tell your doctor about any medications you’re taking.
Once you qualify in regard to your dental and overall health, your dentist will create a treatment plan tailored to your situation.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implant surgery is an outpatient surgery that entails multiple stages, with healing time between procedures. The entire process typically takes a few months from start to finish.
Dental Implant Placement
An oral surgeon will place you under anesthesia to conduct the surgery. They will cut open your gums to expose the jawbone. Holes are then drilled into part of the bone where the implant will be placed. At this point, you will have a gap where your tooth is missing. So, you can get a partial denture temporarily installed for appearance.
Once the metal post is placed in your jawbone, the process of osseointegration will begin. During this process, your jawbone will merge with the implant to form a solid base for the artificial tooth. This process can take several months.
Once osseointegration is complete, you might need an additional procedure for the placement of an abutment – a piece where the crown will eventually attach. Once the abutment has been placed, you will have to allow your gums to heal for about two weeks before getting the artificial tooth.
Once your gums have healed, you will have to get more impressions of your mouth and remaining teeth. These impressions will be used to make your artificial tooth. The artificial tooth, also known as the crown, is made and color-matched according to your existing teeth. However, one important thing to remember is that the crown cannot be placed until the jawbone is strong enough to support your new tooth. You and your dentist can choose an artificial tooth that is fixed, removable, or even a combination of the two.
If you’re looking to get dental implants or any other procedure, we’re here for you. Call us at (906) 212-4725 to book an appointment at Bay Lakes Center for Complex Dentistry.