When dental implants emerged onto the dental health care scene, they were primarily used to replace a single lost tooth. Over the course of the past two decades, dental implant technology has continued to advance of offer variety of other applications. They are now a very effective option for restoring the full function of your mouth, by anchoring a bridge or create anchor points for denture implants.
The initial consultation involves an oral surgeon or periodontist inspecting your mouth and taking some X-rays. This gives them a clear picture the strength of your jaw structure. If you have lost bone material in your jaw, they might recommend a bone graft procedure be performed before implantation. This will make sure there is enough solid structure to anchor the implant.
The implant procedure can be performed outpatient basis. Most people choose to be deeply sedated for their comfort. You will need to arrange to have someone to drive you.
The procedure involves an oral surgeon making a small incision in your gums. This gives them access to the bone material, where they create a narrow channel. A titanium abutment is then screwed into place. Titanium is the metal of choice because it is biologically safe and will bond with your bones to create a very strong anchor.
Once the incisions are closed they will cover the abutment with a strong plastic cap to protect the area while it heals. Once the abutment is fused to the bone, your dentist will cement a permanent crown onto the abutment.
If you have questions about dental implants, please feel free to call us at 907-562-2284 to schedule an appointment.