Dental Implants might be a good answer for you if you have a single tooth missing, or a number of teeth. Not only do dental implants serve as a cosmetic replacement for your missing tooth, they also replace the tooth root. While many patients think of dental implants as a cosmetic procedure, they are actually considered to be prosthetic dentistry. Dental implants are used to provide additional stability and prevent future issues with eating and speaking. At Advanced Smiles, we offer in-house dental implant placement with multiple sedation and financial options.
Causes of Tooth Loss
- Decayed teeth
- Failure of a root canal
- Injured tooth
- Worn teeth
- Birth defects
Planning Dental Implants
Before considering dental implants, you should first schedule an appointment with Dr. De Paoli to see if they are appropriate for your current situation. During your initial visit, our dentist will examine both your teeth and your gums to check for bone loss. In certain situations, you may also get an x-ray or CT scan. You will need both good bone and gum structure available to be considered a good candidate dental implants. The other benefit of the dental x-ray is that it will ensure proper placement.
If you meet all the personal habit, hygiene routine, oral tissue, and bone structure requirements, then you and Dr. De Paoli dentist will work to develop a proper treatment plan. If you lack the required amount of bone structure or gum tissues, you may be recommended for mini implants instead of traditional dental implants.
Your treatment plan will be based on your personal situation, and could require a number of appointments to ensure everything is placed correctly. Dr. De Paoli will advise you of what to expect before scheduling any procedures. You and your dentist will also discuss your personal preference for anesthesia or sedation.
Placing Your Dental Implant
Dental implants require both you and your mouth to be healthy, so any conditions such as diabetes or oral cancer should be treated before the procedure can take place. The jaw bone must be prepared properly as the first step. This involves drilling a small hole into the bone wherever teeth are missing. The small pilot hole is widened, and the dental implant screw placed.
Next the gum tissue is pulled over the implant screw and secured. A protective cover is positioned on top of the implant to prevent any infection. After a six month healing period, the implant will be uncovered, and an abutment will be placed on the implant screw. In some cases, a temporary crown may be placed while your gums reshape themselves so that the final implant will fit properly and comfortably.
Implant Surgery Follow-up and Aftercare
For the first week following your implant placement, you may be required to only eat soft foods. It is important that you follow any special instruction as far as cleaning the implant area while your mouth is healing, to ensure the bone fuses properly and heals correctly. It is important to avoid smoking because this can lead to implant failure. Failing to take care of your implant site can result in infection.