Dental Implant Restoration
Dental implants are an excellent and effective option to replace your missing teeth. These implants are created in the shape of the artificial tooth root and are made of a hypoallergenic material like titanium, which can be placed into your upper and lower jaw.
A dental implant functions as an anchor for your artificial teeth and can be used to support dental crowns, dental bridges, or overdentures. They are the most successful and long-lasting solution for tooth loss since they conserve the overall health of the mouth by not reducing the natural structure of your adjacent teeth (which happens when you are getting dental bridges). The tooth also looks almost exactly like your natural tooth, as well as performs the biting and chewing functions optimally.
The Process of Placing a Dental Implant Restoration
The dental implant procedure is typically completed in various stages and can take several months to over a year to complete.
Medical History Review
At Davis Dental Practice, Our doctors and our doctors will first review your medical history to make sure you do not take any medication or do not have a medical condition that will interfere with the surgical process. If you have diabetes, high cholesterol, or hypertension, we will make sure they are in control before we start treatment. In addition, you will also be asked to refrain from smoking if you are a smoker, as smoking greatly slows the healing process.
Examination of Oral and Jawbone Health
Before starting the surgery, we will examine your mouth to create a customized treatment plan. If there is not enough bone in your jaw or if the bone is weak, we recommend that you have a bone graft before your surgery.
During the bone grafting process, we will make a small incision at the location where the implant is to be placed. Next, we will source the bone graft from your own body, animal, cadaver, or a lab. This bone grafting material will be placed into your jaw and will help your jawbone to become strong and healthy during the course of several weeks or months.
Once we ensure that your jawbone is healthy enough to receive the implant, we will open your gum tissue and make a small hole in your jawbone. The implant will be inserted in that channel and the gums will be sutured closed so that the wound can heal. In the next three to six months, your jawbone will grow around the dental implant, a process called osseointegration, and form a solid foundation for your artificial tooth.
Once the implant has fused to the jaw, we will once again make an incision in your gums and attach an abutment or a connecting rod on top of the implant. The abutment is shaped like a natural tooth that has been scaled down to accommodate a dental crown.
We will then take impressions of the abutment and your jaw to fabricate an artificial crown. This process can take about two weeks. Once the crown is ready, we will call you back to our clinic and place the crown on top of the abutment. The entire process of the dental implant is done under local anesthesia. You will not feel any pain during this process, although you may feel some pressure.
Risks Involved in the Dental Implant Process
You may feel some discomfort for two to three days after implant surgery. We may give you simple over-the-counter medication for pain and swelling and to reduce the risk of infection. If you experience excessive bleeding, swelling, and pain even after a few days, it is important that you schedule an appointment with us so that we can find the cause of the issue and treat it in a timely manner.
You also need to take very good care of your implant and perform regular brushing and flossing each day so that your gums do not accumulate plaque or bacterial infection, which can lead to implant failure. In addition, habits like smoking and alcohol consumption also do not allow your wound to heal or the bones in your jaw to develop properly, which can compromise the integrity of your implant.
Make sure you do not forget to exercise good oral hygiene or miss your regular dental appointments. This will help us make sure all is right with your dental implants. With the right care, your dental implants can last for over 25 years.
If you are missing teeth and want to get a natural looking replacement for them, dental implants may be a good choice for you. Schedule an appointment with Our doctors and our doctors so that we can examine the condition of your teeth and jaw and determine a customized treatment plan for you.