When a tooth is lost, there are restorative dentistry options to be explored. One such option is choosing a dental implant. A dental implant is a permanent prosthetic tooth root surgically implanted in place of the previously lost tooth. Implants are commonly used on a patient’s lower jaw to firmly hold dentures in place. There are many advantages to having dental implants instead of other prosthetics. Dental implants look natural. They’re designed to fuse with bone, becoming a permanent part of the mouth.
A patient begins by having a consultation, where the doctor and patient discuss concerns and decides if the patient is a candidate for dental implants. The doctor may take impressions at that time to use as a study model, and recommend a CT scan of the patient’s mouth to get a surgical guide made by a lab. This guide ensures that an implant is placed completely straight into the jaw during the surgery.
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The surgery itself is performed with local anesthesia. Some patients and doctors may decide to use a sedative for the patient to ease anxiety. When the implant is placed, the patient’s gums are stitched back up, and healing begins. It takes a few months for the implant to integrate with the jaw bone.
In the meantime, the doctor may choose to have a prosthetic tooth for the patient, called a flipper, especially if the implant is in the front of the mouth. That way, the patient can still smile and speak relatively normally. After the healing and integration time has passed, the patient is ready to receive the permanent crown.
Contact Manhattan Dental Design today for implant dentistry. Come in for a consultation and find out if you’re a candidate for implants. Your new smile is waiting for you!