Thanks to dental implant technology, replacing missing teeth has never been easier. Dentures can be challenging to wear and inconvenient to maintain. Also, dental bridges might not offer you the most realistic results you might be looking for.
When dealing with tooth loss, you’re probably looking for the most natural result. This means restored appearance, strength, and functionality. Dental implant restorations give you just that. Dental implants are fixed into the jawbone of the missing tooth.
The implant fuses with the underlying bone, replacing the missing tooth’s roots and becoming a permanent part of your mouth. Once an implant heals, it looks, feels, and functions like your natural teeth. In fact, it is indistinguishable from the rest of the teeth.
Since dental implants involve surgical intervention, there are a few requirements that you must meet to qualify for the treatment. These include:
The first step to dental restoration is to schedule an exam with your dentist. The dentist will review your oral and overall condition to determine whether you are suitable for dental implants. The dentist may need to take x-rays during the exam. If you’re qualified, they will create a treatment plan and schedule you accordingly. If you don’t qualify, you will have alternative options offered.
Next, the dentist will give you an overview of the treatment plan. Since each patient is unique, the treatment plan will vary from one patient to another. For instance, if you don’t have enough jawbone, you’ll begin your treatment with a bone grafting procedure. Your dentist or oral surgeon will also guide you on how to prepare for the treatment.
It’s the most crucial stage of the treatment. For immediate dental implants, the oral surgeon begins by extracting the tooth. If the tooth is already extracted, the dentist will start by cleaning the socket to prepare it for the implant.
The dentist then fixes the implant onto the underlying jawbone through surgery. The dentist then attaches a temporary healing crown over the implant.
The implant is supposed to bond with the underlying bone in a process called osseointegration. On average, it takes about 2 – 6 months for the implant to heal completely. During this phase, you should keep up with good oral hygiene and a soft-food diet. Follow your dentist’s instructions strictly to facilitate faster healing.
After healing, your dentist will remove the temporary crown. They will then screw or cement a permanent crown over the implant.
Dental implant care and maintenance is easy and simple. Make sure to follow the dentist’s care tips, especially during the healing process. After that, maintain healthy dental practices such as:
Are you interested in dental implant services? Contact Donald J. Mclellan, DDS, to schedule your appointment today.