Simply put, dental implants are replacement teeth for people who have lost one or more teeth over the course of their lives. While dentures, bridges, and crowns are great for providing a cosmetic fix for those who have lost teeth, implants address the issue of bone loss by fusing with the jawbone. However, the process of having your dental implants put in is not quick, and you may be wondering what it entails. Read on to find out what you can expect from dental implant surgery with a Dental Implants Dentist of Lubbock.
Some patients have teeth that are already missing. However, you may have damaged or decayed teeth that need to be removed and then replaced. If this is the case, your dentist or oral surgeon will remove those teeth before moving on to anything else.
The success of dental implant surgery hinges on how much bone you have that can provide support for your implant. If you’ve lost too much bone, your dentist will have to remove a piece of bone from a different part of the jaw or another part of your body and place it in the part of the jawbone where the implant will go. You may then have to wait several months while a sufficient amount of new bone grows.
Once you have enough bone, your dentist will cut into your gum and implant a metal post to serve as your artificial tooth root. After that, you’ll have an abutment attached to the implant so that the crown will have something to hold on to when it’s placed in your mouth. You’ll then go through another waiting period while your jawbone fuses with the dental implant.
Once your gums have healed, the dentist will then be able to place the crown (which is the artificial tooth) in your mouth. You’ll now have realistic replacement teeth that you can be proud of.
Dental implants are a great way to regain your confidence after losing teeth while ensuring that your smile remains healthy. If you’re considering having dental implant surgery, pick up the phone and call Adkins, Jay C. DDS. You’ll be able to meet with a friendly professional who will assess your smile and come up with a treatment plan that is in line with your goals and will give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.
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