For many years, dental bridges and dentures were the only options for patients with missing teeth. Modern dentistry has given us a better alternative—dental implants. Implants can be used to support a prosthetic tooth, a fixed partial bridge, or a fixed full-arch denture. Prosthodontic Dental Group specializes in restorative treatments like dental implants. If you are in need of treatment, our team can repair your teeth, and give you a smile you deserve.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a titanium screw that mimics the root component of a tooth. Titanium has the unique ability to fuse with living bone and create a permanent and stable foundation. The screw attaches to an extension (abutment), which provides additional support, and links the restoration to the implant.
Implant-supported restorations look and feel like your natural teeth. Because they are a part of you, you will be able to eat and speak with comfort and confidence. Other restorations, like traditional dentures, require sticky adhesives to keep them in place. You also have to remove dentures to clean the prosthesis and your gums. Dental implants eliminate this embarrassing inconvenience. Implants also help you maintain proper oral health by stimulating the bone and preventing future deterioration.
Dental Implant Procedure
During a consultation visit, we will perform a thorough exam and review your medical history. If you have experienced bone deterioration, we may need to perform a bone graft or sinus lift before implantation is possible. Be sure to ask questions and voice concerns while we develop a treatment plan.
The procedure involves two minor surgeries. We use a local anesthetic to increase your comfort and eliminate pain. If you are prone to anxiety, we offer several forms of sedation to improve your experience. During the first surgery, we will extract any problematic teeth and make an incision in your gums. Then, a small hole will be made in the bone to provide space for the implant. After the implant is in place, we suture the incision. In many cases, you will be given a temporary prosthesis to improve appearance and protect the incision site.
Over the next several months, you will undergo the process of osseointegration. During this time, the implant will fuse to the bone and create a strong, supportive bond. Once this process is complete, we can schedule the second part of the procedure.
During the second surgery, your implant will be exposed so we can place the abutment. We may need to place a healing cap to properly guide your gum tissue. After the abutment is placed, an impression will be made and sent to a dental laboratory. The lab technicians will use the impression to fabricate your final restoration. This process can take several weeks. Once the restoration is complete, we attach it to the abutment and make any necessary adjustments.
After the Implant Procedure
After the surgeries, you will be given a set of post-operative instructions. You may need to avoid hard foods while your incision site heals. It is normal to experience minor pain, bleeding, and swelling immediately after surgery. If the discomfort persists or worsens, contact us immediately.
Dental implants have an extremely high success rate. Practice excellent oral hygiene and schedule regular checkups to ensure the longevity of your implant. Make sure to avoid damaging habits such as teeth grinding and tooth-staining products. Under the proper care, your implant could last a lifetime.
Contact Us About Dental Implants
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, call (916) 264-9655, and schedule your consultation appointment today!
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