Demystifying Dental Implant Surgery
Has your oral surgeon recommended dental implant surgery?
If you have missing teeth, dental implants can provide you with a permanent fix — a healthy, beautiful smile that looks and feels completely natural. Still, you may be wondering what it takes to get to that point.
Don’t let your imagination run wild. Getting replacement teeth is a quick and simple process that involves little to no pain and a minimal investment of your time.
Professional Evaluation for Dental Implants
The first step to getting dental implants is a professional evaluation from an experienced oral surgeon who specializes in tooth restoration.
Most patients are able to undergo implant surgery. As long as you’re healthy enough for routine dental procedures, your oral surgeon should give you the go-ahead. However, a thorough medical history, oral examination and X-rays are necessary to ensure that you’re a good candidate for permanent tooth restoration.
Procedures to Prepare for Dental Implants
After your dental implant evaluation, your oral surgeon might tell you that you need preliminary procedures to prepare for implant surgery.
You might need treatment for gum disease, for example, or you may have damaged teeth that need to be extracted. Or, if the bone structure in your jaw isn’t strong enough to support the new replacement teeth, you may need a bone graft.
In any case, preliminary treatment is done in the office on an outpatient basis and involves minimal discomfort and recovery time.
Placing the Dental Implant Posts & Temporary Crowns
Once your mouth is deemed healthy enough for implant surgery, your oral surgeon will give you a temporary, gap-free smile.
Screw-like titanium posts will be placed in the empty tooth sockets to act as roots for your new replacement teeth. Molded impressions of your mouth will be taken to allow the dental lab to create permanent crowns that are a perfect match. In the meantime, temporary crowns will be put in place to fill the gaps in your grin
Attaching Permanent Crowns
After the titanium dental implant posts have fused with your jawbone — a process known as osseointegration — your permanent crowns will be attached.
Small metal connectors called abutments will be secured to the titanium posts. Then, your oral surgeon will attach the lab-created crowns, giving you the beautiful, natural-looking smile you were meant to have. Take proper care of your new replacement teeth, and they’ll last a lifetime.
Now that we’ve demystified the process, are you thinking about getting dental implant surgery? Dr. Partridge and Dr. Maxfield, the experienced, board-certified oral surgeons at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, can answer all your questions about dental implants and offer expert advice on your tooth restoration options.
With three Salt Lake City-area offices — in Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan and Tooele — getting treatment from the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah team is easy and convenient. If you live in northern Utah and are interested in replacing your missing teeth, contact us today to schedule a dental implant consultation.
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