Dental implant technology has greatly advanced over the years. Originally, dental implants could only replace a single missing tooth. Now they can also be used to anchor a bridge or even help anchor custom dentures for a secure fit.
At the initial appointment, the oral surgeon will take a series of X-rays or perform a CT scan. This will help them to get a clear picture of how much healthy bone structure is available and any other factors that might influence the implantation procedure.
Most implant procedures require seed sedation for the patient’s comfort to help you relax. It’s a good idea to have someone to drive you and help you out at home for the next day or so while you’re getting back on your feet.
Once you are sedated, the oral surgeon will create a narrow channel in the bone for each implant. Titanium abutments are then screwed into the channels. Titanium is the metal of choice because it is biologically safe and resistant to corrosion. In time, it will bond with the bone structure to create a very strong anchor.
The surgeon will then place a temporary cap over the abutment to protect it. Once everything is healed and fused together, your dentist can then fit you for a crown, bridge or denture anchors.
If you have questions about dental implants, please feel free to call us at 440-884-9898 to schedule an appointment. Your dentist is always here to answer or address any questions or concerns you have pertaining to your oral care. So, call us today and let us help restore your smile.