Are you interesting in learning more about dental implants? If you have lost a tooth or will require an extraction for a damaged or diseased tooth, a dental implant is a great way to permanently restore your smile without negatively affecting your appearance. Using the latest surgical advancements and possessing a wealth of experience placing these life-like prosthetic teeth, our oral surgeon is proud to help people throughout our community restore their oral function.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a replacement tooth that is biocompatible with the body’s structures. This means that the implant will restore tooth loss above and below the gums and the jawbone will fuse to the implant, securing it in place. An implant is a small cylinder with a screw-like texture that is made of titanium. It is inserted into the jawbone where the missing tooth once existed. Once the jawbone has fused around the titanium cylinder, the implant will function as a tooth’s root. To replace missing tooth structure above the gums, a prosthetic crown, which is a tooth-shaped restoration, will be attached to the titanium cylinder.
What is the process like for receiving an implant?
The first step in receiving a dental implant is to schedule a consultation with our oral surgeon. During your appointment, our team will assess the health of your teeth, gums, and facial bones to determine if this procedure is best for you. If you are a determined to be a good candidate for implants, our team will schedule the initial surgery, which will involve placing the titanium cylinder into the jawbone. Most patients only require local anesthesia for this procedure.
After the implant cylinder is placed, patients will undergo a healing and recovery period. The time it takes to recover can vary but this period is important for ensuring that the implant has stabilized as the surrounding bone has fused to it. Once this process is complete, patients will return to our office for the placement of their permanent crown.
To schedule a dental implant consultation with our oral surgeons, call one of our convenient locations today.