March 4, 2018
For quite some time, you’ve suffered from the inconvenience and shame of tooth loss. Still, you’d like to find a reliable way to restore your smile, confidence and the full function of your teeth. You wonder, though, “What’s the best option?” Your dentist recommends dental implants in Allen as the best route but cautions that this method has a very important requirement that must first be met. Learn what this prerequisite is and more about this full restoration procedure as you continue reading.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are surgically inserted posts that are attached to your jawbone and act as replacements for your missing teeth roots. In doing so, it provides a level of stability that is unmatched by any other restorative method.
Here are the steps to the procedure:
- Your dentist will first take X-Rays to determine whether you have enough jawbone to support the implant.
- If you have sufficient material to work with, he will begin the procedure by administering an anesthetic to numb the area.
- The next step is to make an incision in the gums to gain access to the jawbone.
- He’ll then drill down into the bone mass far enough to place the implant.
- The surgery will conclude with the placement of an abutment (attachment) to the implant and a temporary crown (the white, visible part of the tooth) to cover the entire area. If you have consecutive teeth missing, you will require a temporary bridge, which is a series of ceramic prosthetics made as one fixture that replace your missing teeth.
After a period of healing, you’ll return to your dentist to have a permanent crown or bridge placed, which will complete your full restoration procedure.
What Happens When There’s Not Enough Bone?
Before any of this work can be done, a prerequisite must be met – you must have enough healthy bone mass in the area. If you don’t have a sufficient amount of viable jawbone, then your dentist can perform a bone graft procedure to build up the area where the implant will be placed. It involves him removing a section of bone from another area of your body or using a special bone-grafting material and inserting it into the jawbone.
After a period of healing, your dentist will take a series of X-Ray photos again, to make sure that the area can support a dental implant.
After your implant is placed, you will no longer have to worry about the possibility of facial collapse, premature wrinkling, the shifting of your other teeth and bone degeneration. Better yet, you’ll once again have the full function of your teeth and a beautiful smile!
To learn more about the dental implant process and schedule a consultation, feel free to reach out to your dentist today!
About the Author
Dr. Michael Ryan earned his dental degree from Baylor College of Dentistry and then went on to complete a three-year program in Prosthodontics. Specializing in esthetic reconstruction and replacement of teeth in complex cases, Dr. Ryan is an authority in Prosthodontics. He restores smiles at Ryan Dental Group and can be reached for more information through his website.