Dental Implant Procedure
Dental Implants Aurora, CO
Dental implants are a fairly common and highly efficient solution for missing tooth replacement. Patients who have suffered missing teeth stand to enjoy the most from receiving dental implants. If you are considering dental implants for replacing your missing teeth, you would also love to know what the procedure is like. Understanding the steps in this procedure will help you appreciate the process more.
Type Of Dental Implants
A dental implant is a little and lightweight titanium post that acts as a root. It is placed in the jawbone and becomes a sturdy base for a permanent artificial crown. Dental implants are of two types known as endosteal or subperiosteal. Endosteal which means in the bone, are the most popular type of implants used. They are the type explained above. Subperiosteal means on the bone, and are often called mini dental implants. They come in handy for patients who do not have adequate jawbone to receive the first type of dental implants.
Dental Implant Procedure
Our dental implant procedure usually starts with an evaluation. When you come in for your first appointment, our professionals will assess and evaluate all of the important aspects of your oral health. From your remaining natural teeth, to your gums, and also your jawbone. We will see if you may need some preparatory procedure such as treatment of periodontal disease or a bone graft procedure. Also, we will consider the number of teeth that are missing and the best suitable treatment prostheses.
The Implant Placement
This procedure is an invasive outpatient procedure. We will administer local anesthesia for the patient to keep them sedated and comfortable during the entire procedure. Our oral surgeon will cut an incision in the gums to expose the jawbone. Then holes will be drilled to hold the implant post. Once the implant is securely placed, the site will be carefully closed for osseointegration and healing to begin.
The Healing Process
Osseointegration is how the jawbone will bond to the dental implant. During this period, the patient may be given a temporary crown or bridge to cover the implant site while it heals. The healing period could last between two to six months. You will be required to check in regularly with our professionals to monitor the healing process. Once it is healed, the jawbone will be completely bonded to the implant, securing and strengthening it.
The Abutment and Dental Crown
Following the healing process, you will be required to come in for another minimally invasive procedure where the abutment will be placed. This is fastened to the implant post and serves as the link to the crown. This may also take several weeks to heal. Then the crown is placed. While this is usually a fixed and permanent replacement, some patients may request for a removable option for easy cleaning at home.
Once all of the parts have been completely joined, you will have a fully functional dental implant tooth. It will feel and look as natural as your own teeth. Dental implants do not require much trouble to care for. You can speak to our professionals at Summerbrook Dental Group by calling us at 720-882-9988 if you would like more information concerning dental implants.