Dental implants have become a very commonplace dental solution for tooth loss. Of course, saving a biological tooth whenever possible is ideal, but when one or more teeth succumb to trauma, infection, or decay, it is good to know there is a solution that is as close to your biological teeth as possible. A visit with your implant dentist will reveal the process and qualify you for the procedure that will allow you to eat all your favorite foods, speak clearly, and smile with self-confidence.
Things to Consider Before Receiving a Dental Implant
While this has become a procedure performed widely, the patient bears some responsibility to make it a success. Questions addressing overall health coupled with a very thorough dental exam will be required to make sure there is adequate jawbone to support a dental implant. If needed, a procedure to augment bone may be required prior to implant placement.
Your dentist will explain the importance of keeping the implant area clean to prevent infection, a leading cause of implant failure.
Placing A Dental Implant
The implant itself is a small titanium device that is surgically embedded in gum tissue where a tooth is missing. Titanium is the metal of choice for its unique qualities promoting bone to graft and encompass the implant to provide a solid support structure for the restoration that will eventually cover it.
On the day the implant is placed, plan to return home to rest for the balance of the day. This is oral surgery; you will benefit from inactivity for a day or two.
A healing period ensues during which time bone is grafting to the implant (referred to as osseointegration). You will have several dental visits to make sure healing is on track. It is important to keep all scheduled checkup appointments.
Once healed, the cosmetic restoration can be cemented into place. Your dentist will attach an abutment to the implant, and try in the restoration for fit, function, and appearance. Once all is correct, the restoration will be cemented into place.
Your dental implant process is complete … you are free to enjoy your favorite foods and resume life as if tooth loss never occurred.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact the office of Dr. Barry Buchanan today.