Initially dental implants were only used to replace an individual tooth that was lost to severe tooth decay or deep fracture. Over the course of the past two decades, dental implant technology and techniques have continued to advance. Now they can also be used to anchor a bridge or create anchor points to lock removable dentures into place.
The first step in the dental implant process involves a periodontist or oral surgeon examining your mouth and taking some X-rays. This helps them to understand the available jaw structure and health of your mouth. If gum disease, tooth decay or past extractions have caused a loss of bone structure, you will need to have a bone graft procedure before receiving a dental implant.
The implant procedure is often performed outpatient basis and usually requires deep sedation. This means you will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you.
The procedure involves an oral surgeon making a small incision in the gums to gain direct access to your jawbone. They will then make a narrow channel into the bone and screw a titanium abutment into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse to your bones to create a very strong anchor.
Later, your dentist will fit the tooth with a crown or other piece of dental work, thus restoring the appearance and full function of your mouth.
If you have questions about dental implants, please feel free to call us at 281-826-0025 to schedule an appointment. You are also welcome to swing by and visit us at any time with us here at Houston Cosmetic & Family Dental Associates in Spring Texas. We are always happy to address any questions or concerns you have pertaining to your oral care.