Dental Implant Placement - Fort Worth, TX
Learn More About Dental Implant Surgery
If you’re missing one or more teeth, dental implants are a nearly perfect replica of what you have lost. They are unlike any other treatment because they recreate the entire tooth structure, including the root. This provides unmatched support and stability, as well as several other benefits. You’ll need to undergo a multi-phased treatment process that can take several months; however, it’s time well spent because your new smile can last for a lifetime with the right aftercare. Here’s what you can expect while on your journey to a complete smile.
Most people who have good oral and general health can replace their missing teeth with dental implants, but you’ll still need a thorough consultation. Besides a visual exam, we’ll also review a CT scan of your oral structures to look for any hidden issues that might cause complications, like infection. Based on the results of your examination, you might need additional treatments before undergoing your placement surgery, like periodontal therapy or bone grafting.
Implant Placement Surgery
After you’ve healed from any previous treatments, you’re scheduled for your implant placement surgery. Sedation or anesthesia is used to ensure you’re comfortable as your gum tissue is opened to expose your jawbone. Small holes are drilled into pre-determined locations to insert titanium posts, which will serve as new tooth roots. Your gum tissue will be sutured closed and the healing process will begin.
You’ll spend the next several weeks healing. It’s normal to experience some discomfort while you heal. You can manage your discomfort using an over-the-counter pain reliever. Apply cold compresses to the outside of your face to manage any swelling. Within a couple of weeks, your pain will subside; however, you’ll continue to heal under the surface.
Your implant posts are acting as tooth roots, stimulating your jawbone. This encourages new bone growth, allowing your jaw to fuse to the posts through a process called osseointegration. After your bone has healed, you’ll have a sturdy foundation for your restorations. Your dental implants can remain in place forever with the right aftercare, like maintaining your oral hygiene and routine appointments with your dentist.
Abutments & Restorations
After your jawbone has fully healed, you’ll need a second minor surgery to attach abutments to your posts. They are special fixtures that connect your restoration to your dental implants. A local anesthetic is used to ensure your comfort as your jawbone is opened to expose the posts. The abutments are placed onto them, and your gum tissue will heal around them over the next couple of weeks.
While your gums are healing, the dental lab is hard at work creating your restorations from all-ceramic material. They are customized to match your natural teeth to look natural when you smile.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you’re ready to invest in a complete smile, it’s time to see if dental implants are right for you. We’ll explain the entire treatment process during your initial consultation. Contact our office today for an appointment.