Dental implants have been an oral treatment option for over twenty years. Initially they were used to replace a single lost tooth. As industry techniques and technology have continued to advance, they have started to come into use for a variety of other applications. Now they are also an effective option for anchoring a bridge or creating anchor points to help firmly secure your dentures.
Before proceeding with the implant process the periodontist or oral surgeon will want to inspect your mouth and take a series of X-rays. This will give them a clear understanding of the strength of your jaw structure. If you have lost bone structure in your jaw, from gum disease, tooth decay, or past extractions, they will probably recommend a bone graft procedure. This simple surgery will make sure there is enough structure available to securely anchor the implants.
The implant procedure can be performed outpatient basis and usually requires deep sedation. So you will need to arrange to have someone to drive you.
During the surgery the oral surgeon making a small incision in your gums. This gives them access to the bone material, where they create a narrow channel. A titanium abutment is then screwed into place. Titanium is the metal of choice because it is biologically safe and will bond with your bones to create a very strong anchor.
If you have questions about dental implants, please feel free to call us at 941-208-3951 to schedule an appointment.