If you are missing one or more teeth, the effects can be harmful not only to the appearance of your smile, but also to the functionality of your mouth. Dental implants are special titanium screws that fuse directly to your jaw bone, providing a post on which your dentist can secure one or more replacement teeth. If needed, dental implants can even support entire sets of dentures, holding them in place much more securely than the adhesives used to stabilize traditional dentures.
Our dentists can place dental implants; however, depending upon your needs, he may refer you to an oral surgeon outside of Brandyberry & Associates. To learn more about how you can benefit from dental implants, contact our Thomasville practice serving the triad area of North Carolina today.
Dental implants require multiple dental surgery procedures. Once the dentist determines that dental implants are an appropriate solution for you, the process involves two primary surgeries separated by about three months of healing time.
Dental implant surgery begins with the administration of a local anesthetic. The dentist then creates an incision in the gum tissue in order to access the jaw bone. A hole is then drilled into the bone, slowly widening its diameter until it can accommodate the implant. The threaded implant is then screwed into place. Finally, the incision is closed with sutures, usually covering the top of the implant. One implant can take about an hour to place, while multiple implants can take three hours or longer.
About three months later, once healing is complete and the implant has successfully fused with the jaw bone, a second surgery will prepare the implant to accommodate your replacement tooth. Your dentist will make an incision in the gums so he can access the top of the implant. He will attach a metal healing cap to the implant, which will help you gums to heal in a way that will allow access to the implant. Two to three weeks later, when the healing process has advanced far enough, your dentist will begin the process of crafting your crown, bridge, or dentures.
To be considered a good candidate for dental implants, you must have healthy gums and adequate bone mass in your jaw. After receiving implants, it is very important that you maintain the health of your teeth and gums by brushing and flossing daily, as well as scheduling regular visits to the dentist.
Because dental implants become fused directly to your jawbone, they are the most stable means of securing crowns, bridges, and dentures. They are also beneficial because when you lose teeth, your body will begin to resorb the bone cells in your jaw. When you receive an implant, your body perceives it as a functioning tooth root, thus keeping your jaw bone intact.
Like all surgical procedures, there is a degree of risk involved in receiving a dental implant. Possible complications include bleeding and infection. Because there is also some risk of injury to the nerves and sinuses, our dentists will take X-rays before surgery to make sure that these complications can be avoided.
To learn more about how dental implants can benefit you, contact our Thomasville practice serving the triad area of North Carolina.