Dental Implant Placement
The placement of your dental implant begins with a consultation with Dr. Dennison or Dr. Di Matteo at University Periodontal Associates. Together, you will discuss the pros, cons, and best options available for your situation. Your questions and concerns will all be addressed. If the placement of a dental implant has been agreed, we will begin the process. Depending on the oral health of the patient, this may take multiple appointments. Dental implants are placed directly into the jaw bone. They serve as a root for your new false tooth. Placing them into the bone means you are receiving a strong and secure fit.
Dental Implant Preparation
Your doctor begins with making a cut into the gum tissue. This is to expose the bone where the dental implant is to be placed. If they find that there is insufficient bone, they are able to graft bone before continuing the procedure. With healthy bone established, your doctor uses a specialized drill to create the space in the bone to receive the dental implant.
Dental Implant Placement
With the bone prepared, your doctor places the titanium implant directly into the bone and then the gum tissue is sutured closed.
They will remove the sutures approximately a week after placement. The healing and integration process can take between three and six months. During this time, the implant actually becomes both structurally and functionally part of the jawbone as it is fused to it through osseointegration.
Post And Crown Placement
With your gum tissue now healed, your doctor will place a post onto the implant. This post will allow them to attach a dental crown onto the implant. Your new dental crown is created and colored to match your existing teeth. Your doctor will slip the crown onto the post and cement it into place. The completed work is a tooth that looks like your natural teeth and blends into place.
Implants can be used to act as a base for overdentures and as a base for attaching dental bridges. Dr. Dennison and Dr. Di Matteo can discuss these options with you and help you decide what is the best fit for your situation.
Implants And Smoking
Patients who smoke may not find dental implants to be the best option. The healing time for oral surgery in patients who smoke is considerably longer and may affect the overall strength of the implant. Dr. Dennison or Dr. Di Matteo will have to review this situation before proceeding. Studies have found that the failure rate is higher in smokers.
Caring for your new dental post is no different than caring for your natural teeth. We want to lessen the instance of infection, as we do when caring for your teeth and gums. Proper brushing and flossing to decrease bacteria will maximize the longevity of your new dental implant.