Dental implants offer a permanent solution to resolve one or more missing teeth without having to deal with the disadvantages of dentures. When performed correctly, the success rate for the implants are nearly 100 percent; however, dental implant surgery is quite invasive and does take a while for the entire procedure to be performed. At White Willow Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we conduct the entire dental implant procedure from start to finish for maximum results.
Stages of the Procedure
The implant procedure is broken down into several stages. The first aspect of the procedure will require the damaged teeth to be removed while under anesthesia. Once the teeth are removed, the jawbone is prepared for surgery. During this time, the jawbone may need to be grafted. This is done in case the jaw bone is too thin or too soft. If this is the case, small pieces of bone are removed from another area of the body and transplanted to the jawbone. This will give the jawbone the support it needs to hold the implants in place for maximum chewing ability. If bone grafting is needed, it can take up to 9 months for the bone to heal correctly to allow for the next stage of the surgery.
Placing the Implant
An oral surgeon will use anesthesia and sedation to place the implants into the jawbone. Making an incision in the gum, the bone is exposed to allow the surgeon to drill into the bone to insert the mental posts that will need to be placed. These posts will serve as the root of the implant teeth. During this time, there will still be a missing tooth; however, a temporary denture can be worn to fill the space while the bone adheres to the implant.
Once the jawbone has fused to the implant, abutments are placed while under local anesthesia. The abutment is attached to the implant, at which point the gum tissue will begin to close around it. In some cases, the abutments are placed at the same time as the implant to save an extra step during the implant process.
Placing the Artificial Teeth
After a period of about 2 weeks after the abutments are in place, the artificial teeth are attached. Prior to placing the teeth, an impression of the mouth is taken to create custom teeth for a realistic look. There are a couple of different options with artificial teeth, such as removable implants or fixed implants. No matter they type you select, inserting the artificial teeth is fairly simple and the final step to the procedure.
After dental implant surgery, it’s not uncommon to experience swelling and bruising of the gums and face. There is often pain and slight bleeding at the implant site. However, these side effects usually dissipate in a few days. During this time, it’s best to eat soft foods to allow the healing process to occur quicker.
At White Willow Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer complete dental implants to handle the process from start to finish. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of dental implants.