We strive to keep our biological teeth for our lifetime; but tooth loss does occur due to trauma, disease, or decay. Implant dentistry offers a solution that restores the ability to chew, smile, and speak naturally just as you did before tooth loss occurred. A consultation with your implant dentist will outline what a dental implant can do for you.
What Is A Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically placed in gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred. Before pursuing the dental implant process, the patient must meet a few qualifications to determine the feasibility of a successful dental implant procedure.
A review of overall health will be followed by an extensive dental examination. X-rays will reveal if there is sufficient bone strength to support the implant. If not, your implant dentist may recommend bone augmentation. There are various options available based on existing bone strength and the location of the tooth that is being restored. Bone augmentation is often the first step in the dental implant process.
Post operative instructions on maintaining the implant area must be strictly followed to prevent infection; and tobacco use in any form is a serious threat to a successful implant procedure.
Implant Placement Day And Beyond
An anesthetic is provided for the patient’s comfort. This is a surgical procedure; however, the need for anything beyond a local anesthetic depends on the number of implants being placed and whether the patient has special needs or is extremely anxious.
Once the implant is placed, follow up dental visits will be required. These check-up visits are important to assure the implant process is on track.
While the area is healing, jaw bone is grafting to the implant to form a solid base to support the restoration. This process is known as osseointegration. The dental implant will become a permanent part of the dental anatomy and act much like the roots of a biological tooth.
Once healing and integration have been achieved, the cosmetic restoration can be placed. An abutment is attached to the implant that will be used to affix the restoration.
Thanks to implant dentistry, you will be able to enjoy your favorite foods, speak clearly without fear of slippage, and smile with confidence for your lifetime.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact our team at Hulen Crossing Family Dental today.