Dental Implant Placement
When you suffer tooth loss, it is essential that you have those teeth replaced as soon as possible. The most popular treatment for replacing missing teeth today is dental implants. This unique treatment uses small titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone and provide support for your dental restorations. After the implants are placed, your bone fuses to the posts, stabilizing them within your jaw so that they can hold your new teeth securely in place. At Beyond Dental and Implant Center, we can replace your missing teeth with dental implants. While the process is more involved than traditional replacements, the benefits it provides make the treatment well worth it.
The Initial Consultation
Before undergoing dental implant surgery, we first need to determine if you are a candidate for the procedure. Determining your candidacy requires an initial consultation, which involves going over your medical history and performing an oral exam. We look over the condition of your mouth, checking for tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. These issues will need to be treated before implant surgery. We will also take dental x-rays, which allow us to see your jawbone and determine if a bone graft is needed before treatment. If we determine that you are a good candidate for implant surgery, we then create a customized treatment plan and schedule you for surgery.
On the day of surgery, we begin with a local anesthetic. Sedation may also be provided if you are feeling anxious. We then make incisions in your gums, which provides us with access to your jawbone. Next, holes are drilled into your jawbone based on your treatment plan. We then place the implant posts into the holes and stitch your gums closed around them. Temporary restorations are placed, and you are sent home to begin the recovery process.
When you leave the office, we provide you with specific aftercare instructions. These instructions help you to deal with common post-surgical issues like pain and swelling. These instructions also provide you with suggestions on what to eat, what to avoid, and how to take care of your mouth. Following these instructions will help to reduce the risk of post-surgical complications like infections.
Healing from implant surgery generally takes several weeks to several months. During this time, your bone fuses to the posts, turning them into stable roots that will provide the necessary support for your replacement teeth. Several follow-ups during the recovery process help to ensure that you are healing properly.
Placing Your Final Restorations
Once you have fully healed from your implant placement, we then begin the process for placing your final restorations. This generally takes two additional visits. During the first visit, we remove the temporary teeth and place the abutments, which are used to help provide stability for your teeth. Next, impressions are taken. These impressions are sent to the dental lab, where they are used to custom create your final restorations. At the second appointment, we check your final restorations for fit and bite and secure them into place with small screws.
With dental implants, we can help restore the functions of your missing teeth as well as the quality of your smile and the health of your jawbone. For more information, and to find out if dental implants are right for you, call Beyond Dental and Implant Center at (972) 591-7520 today.
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