You expect to lose your baby teeth; permanent teeth will replace them. However, what happens if you lose one or more of your permanent teeth? The ability to chew and speak properly can be impacted with tooth loss; not to mention how missing teeth can affect your appearance. Dental implants provide a means to restore tooth loss that looks and feels like biological teeth.
The Dental Implant Process
A consultation involves a discussion about overall health followed by a very comprehensive dental exam. Dental x-rays will be used to determine bone strength in gum tissue where the implant will be placed. Insufficient bone does not automatically disqualify; there are procedures available to augment bone.
A commitment to seeing the process through will be required … keeping the implant area clean to prevent infection; and attending follow up visits as needed to make sure the implant process is staying on track. Tobacco use is discouraged. Many dental providers will not place a dental implant unless they feel certain the patient is totally committed to what is required for a successful outcome.
On the day of implant placement, the small titanium post will be embedded in gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred. A protective temporary is provided. The patient is given instructions on how to brush and floss while healing takes place.
During the healing period, bone is fusing to the implant … this is called osseointegration. Over time the implant will integrate so thoroughly it will become a permanent part of the dental anatomy providing strength and support for the restoration.
The cosmetic restoration will be made to match surrounding teeth. Uncovering the implant will take place; an abutment will be attached to the implant; and your “new tooth” will be tried in for fit and appearance. Minor adjustments can be made, if needed. When correct, it will be cemented to the abutment.
Full Function Restored to Enjoy the Health Benefits of a Complete Smile
You will now be able to enjoy all your favorite foods; speak without fear of an embarrassing slip or movement of your new restoration; and you will enjoy a renewed self confidence.
Caring for your implanted tooth is easy – brush twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste; floss daily; and visit the office of Dr. Buchanan every six months for a cleaning and dental exam.