THE DENTAL IMPLANT PROCEDURE
After reviewing your medical history, xrays, and a 3D scan of the potential dental implant site, your dentist will be able to tell if you are a candidate for a dental implant. Once it has been determined that you are a candidate for dental implants, you can schedule your appointment (in most cases only about an hour) for a time that best suits your schedule. Dental implant surgery is a relatively comfortable procedure carried out under local anesthesia, sometimes with the assistance of sedation for particularly anxious patients. Some minor vibration is generally experienced during the implant site preparation, in which a small hole is made in the bone to receive the implant. Once dental implants are placed, the site is covered and a few stitches are placed. Since there are no open wounds following the surgery, there is little post-operative discomfort.
Improve Your Quality Of Life
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
How Implants Work
The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult with the doctors at Grand family dentistry to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.
1: Before the procedure
The dentist makes a first examination and takes one or more x-rays of the area to prepare for the procedure.
2: Installing the implant
The implant is installed. At this time, a temporary tooth is provided that allows you eat and function like normal almost immediately. The implant will need a few months to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken.
3: Attaching the new crown
The final step is the placement of the permanent ceramic tooth. The new tooth is installed for life. No additional treatment is needed.
4: End result
You should expect the new tooth to fit and function just like a natural tooth. Do your usual dental hygiene to keep the tooth and gum around it clean. When both the tooth and root are damaged, the best permanent replacement is a dental implant in conjunction with a ceramic crown. This solution both looks and functions just like a natural tooth.