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A missing tooth doesn't just leave a hole in your smile -- it may also affect how you speak and chew. And if a missing tooth isn't replaced, the teeth around it begin to move. Shifting teeth create new crevices for dental plaque to hide in, which can lead to tooth decay and the need for a tooth filling or gum disease treatment down the road.
The Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant procedure is usually a three-step process. During the first step of dental treatment, we drill a hole into the jawbone and a titanium implant is screwed into place. This portion of your dental implant treatment might sound painful, but most patients are comfortable with just local anesthesia. (If necessary, sedation dentistry can be used for anxious patients.) At the end of the procedure, the gum is secured over the dental implant, which will remain covered long enough for it to undergo the process of osseointegration, when the implant actually fuses to the bone. Osseointegration usually takes three to six months.
The dental implant is uncovered during the second phase of treatment and a post is added. This serves as an extension and together with the dental implant serves as the foundation for your new tooth. Once the gum tissue around the post has had a chance to heal, our doctors place a dental crown on top. Since it is fixed to a post, your new tooth is extremely secure and will function just like any other tooth.
Just like any surgery, the dental implant procedure will be more successful if you are healthy. That means practicing excellent oral hygiene, eating well and not smoking. Patients must also maintain a significant amount of jaw bone to support dental implants. Discuss your pre-existing medical conditions with our doctors.
Dental implants are cost effective, permanent, natural looking and often stronger than your natural teeth. Our staff has advanced training in implant placement, plus, we offer many sedation options that make your procedure a relaxing one and help increase healing time.
It’s time to change the way you think about replacing teeth. It’s time to change the way you think about your smile. It’s time to change your life. Please give our office a call today to discuss dental implants.