The most recent accomplishments in cosmetic dentistry and oral surgery seem more like science fiction than science, but the differences they can make with new technology can be dramatic and life changing. Instead of settling for false teeth or a bridge, those with missing teeth can now take advantage of the benefits of dental implants. The procedures required are more invasive, but the final result is far superior, being more durable and nearly indistinguishable from original teeth. By becoming a permanent part of the patient’s oral landscape, the integrity of the facial structure is maintained and a perfect smile is achieved.
Since the implant procedures are more complex than many others, taking several months and multiple visits to accomplish, Dental Implant Experts first need to make certain that the patient is a viable candidate. The implant specialist will begin the screening with a thorough examination of the jaws, gums, head and neck. One of the most important requirements for implant surgery is adequate bone density. This is because the jawbone will be used as the anchor for the new implant and it will need to be sturdy enough to provide a sturdy base. As with any surgical procedure, there is always the possibility, no matter how slight, of infection. This is why the implant specialist will verify that the patient has a healthy immune system. They will also need to be aware of any allergies a patient may have to the required anesthesia.
Once the patient has passed the screening process, the first step in the implant procedure can take place. This is the implanting of a titanium post into the jawbone. Over the next few months, the bone around the post will begin to engulf it and make for a strong attach point for the new tooth. During the second surgery, a connector or abutment is installed, and the tooth is securely attached to it. These teeth will be strong enough that they may later be used to secure a bridge or dentures if needed. The strength and permanence of the implants are the main reasons they have become so much in demand. The Dental Implant Experts at Plainview Oral And Maxillofacial Associates will be happy to discuss the implant process and address any questions or concerns.