A good impression always starts with a great smile. A missing tooth can result in low self-confidence and a hidden smile.
There are many reasons a tooth may be missing—gum disease, severe tooth decay, injury, or certain genetic conditions can result in tooth decay and tooth loss. A lost tooth can negatively affect the alignment of your teeth.
Dental implants are an excellent option to replace missing teeth and leave you smiling again.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a surgical procedure which replaces a missing tooth. The main reason for choosing a dental implant for tooth replacement is that it looks and acts like a natural tooth. Dental implants replace the root of the missing tooth. The bone takes a few months to heal after placement. After healing, the dentist places a dental crown on top of the implant to complete the procedure and leave you with natural appearing and functioning tooth replacement.
Below are the steps of the dental implant process that will restore your self-esteem and smile.
Step 1: Examination and planning
This stage involves the assessment of the quality and quantity of the jaw bone to help determine if you are a candidate for implant placement. The first step is to make an appointment with a dental surgeon. The dentist will examine your mouth and the area of the missing tooth. The dentist will pay close attention to the integrity of the bone in your jaw. The dentist may take X-rays or cone beam ct scans. The dentist will review the findings with you, make recommendations and discuss the procedure plan.
Step 2: Implant placement
The second step is the surgical procedure involving the positioning of the implant into the jaw. The surgical area is numbed with lidocaine to help with pain and discomfort. The dental implant surgeon makes a small incision in the gum tissue to insert the implant into the jawbone.
After implantation, the process of osseointegration begins. Osteointegration refers to the complete fusion of the implant into the jawbone. This takes a few months to complete.
Step 3: Abutment placement
After the completion of osseointegration, the dental implant is examined to determine the condition of the jawbone. Once confirmed, a prosthetic component, known as an abutment, is connected to the dental implant via a screw. The abutment helps to support the false tooth, also known as a dental crown.
Step 4: Implant crown placement
The fourth and final step involves the placing of an implant crown on top of the secured abutment. Once the abutment is confirmed, the dental surgeon takes an impression (mold) of this abutment to prepare the customized implant crown. The customization of the dental crown ensures the functionality and aesthetic appearance of the false tooth.
About Premier Oral Surgery
If you’re looking for a dental implant service, Premier Oral Surgery is the perfect one-stop solution for you. We are a comprehensive oral and maxillofacial surgery practice. We aim to provide high-quality care to every patient. We specialize in all oral surgeries, including implant placement, bone grafts, and wisdom teeth removal. We offer IV sedation as well. Our highly skilled staff comprises CPR-certified oral and maxillofacial surgical assistants. To book an appointment, call us at 203-939-9390. Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.