All About Dental Implants
Increasingly, patients are inquiring about dental implants and how they can make a difference in their oral health. Dental implants rebuild the foundation of a missing tooth, allowing us to fully restore one, two, more, or even all of your teeth. The difference is in the process; we are not just placing a false tooth, we are recreating the root, making a connection with the jawbone, for a permanent restoration that does not rely on neighboring teeth or clasps to keep it in place, we are working from the foundation up.
Working with our staff at Posh Dental, we can restore missing teeth. As with any structure, the key to stability and long-term strength is in having a solid foundation. A dental implant is not the tooth, but the surgical implantation of a solid foundation. The surgical process is simple, but the planning and preparation are complex and should be done by a dentist who knows what they are doing. Working with our team at Posh Dental, we will review, examine, and develop a treatment plan that is specific to the patient. This may include months of preparatory work to rebuild or bulk up bone, or it may include a full set of immediate load dentures in one visit, each treatment is unique, just as each patient is.
The Dental Implant
The actual implant does not include the tooth. The implant is a titanium post, it closely resembles a screw in size and shape, and just like screws, it comes in a variety of widths and lengths dependent on the patients need. Ranging from mini implants to standard implants, and longer implants designed to be placed at an angle into dense bone, we will determine the right implant for the work being done. Some patients may only require one implant, or they may require multiple implants. Some patients may have an implant used to secure one crown, or as an anchor for a dental bridge, or multiple implants for a partial denture or even secure a full denture. The possibilities are vast, and the treatment options can be very customized.
Preparation for Implants
Preparatory steps before the surgical placement of dental implants can vary, but all patients will begin with a dental exam. During your dental examination, we will discuss your needs, review digital radiographs or x-rays, and discuss a treatment course. From this information, we will begin to create a plan. Planning your implant surgery is the most important step, the precise placement of your implant can impact success.
Many patients will require a simple bone graft. A bone graft is done to bulk up and increase bone density. We simply open the tissue and place bone material, the bone material can come from the patient, from a donated source, or we can use synthetic bone. The bone material is placed, and the tissue is sutured closed. The patient is then required to wait while the new bone grows, this can take several months.
Once we have created a treatment map, and the patient has sufficient bone, we can then surgically place the implant.
Surgical placement of your dental implant is done in our office. Most patients only require a local anesthetic for the relief of pain; we can discuss your options before surgery. We will open the tissue to expose the bone, create a space in the bone and place the dental implant. The tissue is then closed, and the patient is sent home for a period of healing. We will place the prosthodontic once the implant has firmly bonded with the bone.
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