Dental implants have become the go-to treatment to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even a complete smile. Restoration of your smile will improve self confidence and overall health.
There are 3 requirements that a patient must have before undergoing dental implant surgery and they include:
- Good overall health
- Healthy gums (free of periodontal disease)
- Sufficient bone in your jaw
A dental implant is made up of 3 separate elements:
- The implant body is made of titanium. Titanium is lightweight, durable, and strong. It can accommodate one tooth or several. The implant body becomes the base for your artificial crown.
- The abutment: This is a connector that anchors your tooth to the post and is installed after the post has fused to your jawbone.
- The crown: This is the visible part of the dental implant. This is the final step in the implant process.
Dental implants are artificial teeth that are permanently placed in the bone. They are modeled after your natural teeth, so they will look, feel, and function just like them
Dental implants enable clear, articulate speech and allow you to eat all of your favorite foods.
Dental Implants Mimic Natural Teeth?
Your new teeth will have the same size, shape, and color of your natural teeth, so no one will will ever know you have undergone any treatment. They will give you peace of mind to enjoy your favorite foods and speak without fear of slipping or falling out.
What Happens When I Have Implant Surgery?
Typical steps include:
- Extracting the damaged teeth and performing any other necessary dental procedures.
- Preparing of the implant site for your surgical procedure.
- If a bone graft is needed, it can be completed at this time.
- Installing the body of the dental implant in the bone.
- Allow time for healing and growth/fusion with bone.
- Installing the custom dental abutment and making impressions of your teeth and gums.
- Placement of your final dental crowns.
The time needed for your implant process will depends on each individual and the number of implants placed.
Will a Bone Graft be needed?
Every patient is different. At your evaluation, the possible need for a bone graft will be discussed.
What Are My Post-Surgery Instructions?
Many patients experience some minor bleeding, bruising, swelling, and discomfort after placement of dental implants. This is all quite normal. Your symptoms should subside in a few days. Pain medication can be taken as needed.