The Implant Process
Whether you need to replace one tooth, or an entire arch, Prosthodontic Dental Group has the solution for you. They are called dental implants, and they can drastically change your life!
A dental implant is a tiny screw, usually made from titanium, that is surgically embedded into your jaw. Each implant operates as a root component of a tooth, which provides an unmatched level of support. Your implant-supported restoration will look and function like a natural tooth. For this reason, many patients choose dental implants over other restorative treatments.
The Consultation Visit
Before you can receive an implant, we must determine if you are a suitable candidate. Our specialists will review your dental history and perform an oral exam to identify any potential problems. We will use x-rays and 3D CT scans to gather an in-depth understanding of your current oral anatomy. X-rays and scans allow us to avoid invasive procedures and determine the best location for your implant. We may also take an impression of your teeth and gums so that a preliminary model can be made. Depending on your circumstances, we may create a temporary restoration before we schedule your first surgery. This applies to patients who receive a fixed bridge or denture.
Patients with an inadequate amount of bone may need to undergo a bone graft or sinus lift before implant treatment. You must have the proper bone quantity and density to allow for osseointegration. During this process, your bone and implant will fuse together and create a permanent bond. Osseointegration is the reason implants are so durable.
The Implant Procedure
The procedure is broken down into two surgeries. Before each surgery, we use local anesthetic and sedation to eliminate pain and ease any anxiety. During the first surgery, we will prepare the implant site by removing any problematic teeth (if necessary). Then, an incision will be made in the gums, and a small hole will be drilled into the jawbone. This creates space for the implant. After the implant has been placed, we will suture the incision.
For the next three to six months, the implant will undergo osseointegration. You should be conscious about protecting your implant. Stick to softer foods and avoid bad chewing habits. Once the implant has healed, we can schedule a second surgery.
During your second surgery, we will expose the implant and place a healing cap. This will guide your gums away from the implant so we can attach the abutment. The abutment is an extension that links the implant to the restoration. After the abutment is in place, another impression will be made, and we will fabricate your final restoration.
Today, the implant process is faster than ever. In some cases, we may be able to place the abutment the same day as your first surgery.
Caring for Your Implants
New technology has led to increased durability and superior aesthetics. You will be able to eat what you want and smile with confidence. You may even forget you have a dental implant.
Be sure to implement a proper oral hygiene routine. Daily maintenance and regular checkups can drastically improve the longevity of your implant. With the right care, your implant could last a lifetime.
Contact Us About Implant Treatment
To learn more about the implant process, call (916) 264-9655, and schedule your consultation visit today!
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