Have you been considering dental implants to replace your missing teeth? Great! Implants, as recommended by dentists from all around the world, are the best tooth restorations. They offer certain exclusive features that their alternatives do not, such as stability, strength, preventing jawbone deterioration, etc. Here is a worthy read that will give you a better idea of the things you need to know about implant surgery.
When you visit a dental practice for the initial consultation, the dentist will run multiple tests and take x-rays, panoramic scans, etc. of the oral cavity. This allows the dentist to collect enough data to determine your candidacy for implants. Some of the factors that determine it are jawbone health, jawbone shape, and volume, spacing available for placing the implant, drifting of the adjoining teeth, gum diseases, overall state of health, etc.
The dentist will examine the x-rays and determine whether or not the jawbone can hold the implant firmly. If the jawbone volume seems quite low, the chances are that it wouldn't be able to hold an implant. In such cases, the dentist may recommend a bone graft to increase jawbone size. During this, bone tissues are extracted from a different part of the body and grafted to the jawbone. Over a few months, the grafted tissues adhere to the existing jawbone and help it grow to an adequate volume.
Since the surgery involves placing a metal implant stud in the jawbone, a hole will have to be made in the missing tooth's place. The dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the gums, teeth, and underlying jawbone before commencing the procedure. This ensures you enter a deep sleep during the surgery and have no memory of the process. We will continuously monitor the blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen levels for the entire duration of the operation.
Implants are known for their superior stability and longevity. The implant inserted into the jawbone has screw-like grooves on its surface. These grooves ensure the implant stays firmly in place without slipping off or breaking. After the implant placement surgery, the dentist will suggest a few months healing period. During this, the jawbone grows around the implant grooves and holds it in place. Also, the gums regrow around the implant and conceal it to offer a life-like appearance.
The visible prosthetic crown will be made from a dental-grade material. It can be customized to match the exact color and contour of the natural teeth and will be fabricated in a dental laboratory using digital impressions as reference. Placing the crown will require a few sessions as the dentist places it in position and checks for perfect fit and comfort. If any changes are needed, they will be made by the dentist and bonded to the implant. An abutment and dental adhesives are used for this purpose, after which it will be polished.
To know more, call us (925) 685-9339 and request an appointment with Dr. Ewing at our office in Concord, CA.