Missing teeth can cause you to lose the aesthetics in your smile and make you self conscious. If you don’t like the feel of wearing dentures, at Enhance Family Dental, we offer you a better alternative – dental implants.
A dental implant can replace your missing tooth/teeth, while providing stability and support, and is the next best thing to a natural tooth.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial anchors that are shaped like a screw. They serve as a replacement for your natural tooth roots. These implants are made of titanium, which minimizes the risk of developing allergies. They are embedded in your jaw bone and are fused to the gum and bone tissues, providing a stable foundation for an artificial tooth. These implants won’t slip, cause damage to your bone, or decay like your natural teeth.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implant procedure may take several months to complete. At Enhance Family Dental, Brian Hill, DDS will take comprehensive x-rays and 3D images of your teeth and jaw, review your dental and medical history, and formulate a treatment plan based on your special circumstances.
We will sedate you at the start of the procedure so that you remain comfortable during the procedure. We will then make an incision in your gum to expose the bone underneath. A hole is then drilled into the bone, and the implant is screwed in the jaw.
Once the gums are secured around the implant, temporary partial dentures are fitted where the missing tooth should be. The implant is left undisturbed for several months while it fuses to the bone in a process called osseointegration. You may experience some pain and swelling after the procedure, which is to be expected. We will recommend some over-the-counter pain killers to alleviate the pain and fight off infections.
In the second phase of the dental implant procedure, we will reopen the gum where the implant was placed and attach a post to the implant, which will support the replacement tooth or the crown. The gums will be allowed to heal around the post.
In the final step, we will fabricate a customized crown for you by taking an impression of your mouth and selecting the color of the artificial tooth. The crown will be attached to the post and will henceforth serve all the functions of a natural tooth.
Sometimes your jawbone isn’t thick or strong enough to bear the weight of your mouth chewing down on your implant. If your jaw is soft and can’t support the implant, the surgery will fail. That is why you need a bone graft to build your jawbone to create a more stable foundation.
Your bone graft can be taken from your natural bone from another location in your body, or you can request a synthetic bone graft that can provide adequate structure for bone regeneration. It may take several months for the bone transplant to support a dental implant. You may talk to Brian Hill, DDS to figure out how you should proceed with the treatment.
Your implant should last for a very long time if you practice good oral hygiene and refrain from smoking. Keeping your dental appointments is also very essential as we can check for signs of any developing disease and keep your teeth and gums healthy. Call us at (586) 666-4950 to schedule an appointment today.