Dental implants have lately become a popular option for replacing a missing tooth. The number of successful dental implant surgeries has made it a widely accepted solution.
If you are thinking of getting dental implants, you must know that several procedures are involved here that span several months. Before undergoing dental implant surgery, the patient has to be prepared for oral surgery. After the procedure is over, there are minor steps to facilitate the recovery of the gums.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you qualify for any of the following conditions, you are a suitable candidate to get dental implants:
- One or several of your natural teeth are missing.
- Your teeth are severely distorted, cracked, broken, and there's no option than to restore them.
- You have ill-fitting dentures.
- You are experiencing bone loss surrounding your jaws.
How to Prepare Your Jaw Before an Oral Surgery?
Before you undergo surgery, our dentist will thoroughly examine your jaw. If needed, we will modify the jaw's structure in any of the following ways:
- If your jaw is too soft or thin to bear the implant in position, Dr. O will perform a bone graft.
- Dr. O might work on the jaw's shape if required.
- If the jaw is too large for the implant, we may remove some bone tissues.
- Any impacted teeth, if found to hinder the surgery, would also be removed.
How is a Dental Implant Placed?
Firstly, the dentist would make an incision on the gum to expose the bone. Next, they would make a small hole in the bone where the dental implant would be fitted. This metal stud works as the tooth root and has to be placed deep in the bone. Now, to cover the area where your natural tooth is missing, a temporary restoration will be placed. After the implant has been inserted into the bone, osseointegration will take place over the next few weeks. During this, the bone fuses with the implant and forms a strong bond.
After a few months, the ceramic crown that is custom-fabricated will be placed on the implant and checked for a perfect fit and aesthetics. Once the adjustments are made, and the crown is finalized, it will be bonded permanently in place with the help of a connecting abutment and dental adhesives. We will provide you with aftercare instructions to ensure your implant lasts for a long duration.
Please reach out to Mt. Pleasant Family Dental in Mt Pleasant, TX, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. O. Please call us at (903) 345-6065 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.