Placing Dental Implants

Placing Dental Implants

Posted by ARDEN DENTAL CARE on Sep 21 2020, 07:06 AM

Placing Dental Implants

If you are missing a tooth or two and wish to get them replaced with prosthetic ones, dental implants would be the best choice. They offer several impressive advantages, such as excellent strength, stability, better jawbone health, amazing aesthetics, and completely restore oral functionality. Here’s an interesting read about how dental implants are placed.

Are you a suitable candidate?

When you visit our dental practice for the initial consultation, we will thoroughly diagnose the mouth. This will be done by visually examining the oral tissues and also take x-rays to get a better view of the teeth and underlying jawbone. Before the dentist confirms your candidacy for dental implants, the following factors are looked into:

  • Spacing available for placing the implant stud and the ceramic crown
  • Jawbone shrinkage/deterioration
  • Drifting of the adjoining teeth towards the gap
  • Presence of oral infections, such as gingivitis, cavities, root canal infection, etc
  • Overall state of health
  • Jawbone volume
  • Presence of health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.

Based on the observations made and an in-depth study of your health condition, the dentist will decide your candidacy.

The first surgery

Dental implants are composed of two distinct components, namely the metal implant stud and the ceramic crown. During the first surgery, the implant will be placed in your jawbone. We will diagnose your health condition and prepare you for the procedure. Local anesthesia is administered to numb the teeth, gums, jawbone, and all other surrounding tissues. With the help of highly-precise dental instruments, a small hole will be made in the jawbone in place of the missing tooth. The implant is placed in the hole and secured firmly with the help of dental adhesives. A suitable healing period of a few months is recommended to allow the gums to regrow and the bone tissues to fuse with the metal implant. During this, a temporary crown may be placed on the implant to mimic a tooth.

The follow-up surgery

During the next visit, the dentist will check for the stability of the implant and prepare to place the abutment on it. The abutment is a connecting component that helps the ceramic crown stay attached to the dental implant. Once the abutment is placed, digital scans will be taken to serve as a reference for fabricating the prosthetic tooth in a dental laboratory, which could take a couple of weeks. During the next visit, the dentist will place the crown on the implant and check for fit and comfort. If any changes are required, they will be made, and the crown will be bonded permanently using dental cement. X-rays and scans will be taken to ensure the implant is aligned perfectly with the adjoining teeth, which prevents any bite-related issues.

With the implant in place, you can smile confidently, bite, and chew food without worrying about the prosthetic tooth sustaining damage, and go about your everyday routine without being conscious of the teeth. Implants are known to last upwards of 15 to 20 years, making them the most effective prosthetic dental restorations.

Please call us at (916) 481-2001 or schedule an online consultation with our team of dental experts, and we can help plan your treatment.

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