A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. If you still have questions after reading this information, have a conversation with your periodontist.
Before dental implant After dental implant
WHAT PROCEDURES MAY BE COMPLETED BEFORE PLACING MY IMPLANT LIKE?
This procedure is a team effort between you, your dentist and your periodontist. Your periodontist and dentist will consult with you to determine where and how your implant should be placed. Depending on your specific condition and the type of implant chosen, your periodontist will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs.
Socket Preservation A procedure called “socket preservation” is sometimes needed to preserve bone and minimize bone loss adjacent to a tooth that has been removed. One common technique is to fill the socket with bone or bone substitute and allow the bone to heal for approximately four to six months before implant placement.
Sinus Augmentation Tooth loss in the upper back jaw often results in insufficient bone quantity and quality, in part due to the close proximity to the sinus. Sinus augmentation helps correct this problem by increasing the bone height of the jaw to provide a good foundation for placement of dental implants.
Ridge Modification “Ridge modification” may be needed if you don’t have enough bone to support an implant. This bone loss could be caused by periodontal disease, wearing dentures, injury, or trauma. During this procedure, bone or bone substitute is added where needed to ensure a proper foundation for implants. Your bone usually requires four to six months of healing before placing implants.
These procedures can greatly improve appearance and increase long term implant success.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF AN IMPLANT COMPARED TO A BRIDGE OR DENTURE?
CAN I EXPECT AFTER RECEIVING A DENTAL IMPLANT?
As you know, your own teeth require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply!
After treatment, your periodontist will work closely with you and your dentist to develop the best care plan for you. Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.