|Dental Implant Placement
Dental Implant surgery is a procedure that involves the placement of a screw-like post underneath the gum tissue and into the jawbone. The screw, made from titanium, acts as the root of a prosthetic tooth and allows your restoration to look and function like a natural tooth. How the dental implant surgery is performed can vary from patient to patient and depends on two factors: the type of implant and the condition of your jawbone. Regardless of these factors, our dental professionals at Keith A. Boenning, DDS have the experience and expertise to make your dental implant placement smooth and effective.
Preparation for Dental Implants
During a consultation appointment, Dr. Keith A. Boenning will review the implant procedure and determine whether or not implants are right for you. We may recommend implants if you:
If you do not have an adequate amount of bone, we also offer advanced implant services, such as bone regeneration, ridge augmentation, socket grafts, and platelet-rich plasma procedures. These services can improve the quantity and quality of your bone and ensure the success of your implant.
The evaluation process includes a comprehensive dental exam, x-rays, photographs, and 3D dental technology. Then, we will develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your situation. Be sure to ask questions and voice any concerns about the implant process.
Dental Implant Surgery
Before the implant surgery, we will administer local anesthetic and sedation to control pain and reduce any anxiety. The type of sedation we use is usually determined by you and Dr. Keith A. Boenning. Next, we will remove the damaged tooth if there is one, and prepare the jawbone for surgery. This may involve socket preservation. Once the jaw has healed, we can schedule the surgery.
During the implant surgery, we will make an incision into the gum tissue and expose the supportive bone. Next, we will drill a tiny hole into the bone and place the implant. Once the implant is secure, we will suture the incision and pack the area with gauze.
Osseointegration and Implants
Once the surgery is complete, you will go through a healing period that may last several months. During this time, the implant and your bone will fuse together. This process is known as osseointegration and produces the powerful bond responsible for the many benefits of dental implants. Osseointegration is also the reason that there needs to be a significant amount of bone in the jaw. Once osseointegration is complete, we can finish the implant process. During a second minor surgery, we will expose the implant and place an abutment. The abutment is a support structure that links the implant screw to the restoration. After the gum tissue has properly healed, we will attach the restoration to the abutment. These days, implants can be used to support a single crown, a fixed bridge, or a full-arch restoration.
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