What does the Dental Implant Procedure Involve
When it comes to tooth replacement, the world’s top dentists are increasingly recommending the dental implant procedure. The reasons why are twofold. Firstly, they are a lot safer and better in the long run for your overall dental health, and secondly they also look a lot more natural than the older, more traditional options that are available.
Beverly Hills has some of the world’s leading cosmetic dentists, so a visit to a Beverly Hills periodontist (dental implant specialist) will ensure that an excellent job is carried out by some of the most professional experts out there.
What is the Procedure?
The procedure for fitting an Endosteal dental implant is a two stage process.
The First Stage
At your initial consultation, the first thing that is done is an x-ray of your jaw. This will allow the periodontist to check that your jaw is in the right condition for the procedure, as well as the positioning of your teeth. Your jaw needs to have enough bone density to secure the implanted teeth, and this can be a problem if you have bone loss through missing teeth, or naturally through the aging process.
If you do have missing bone, you will need to fill it in with a bone graft, and it can be done before or during the implant procedure. There are four different types of bone graft, the difference being from where the bone is taken –
- The most common is your bone, taken from the hip or chin
- Donor bone
- Animal (usually cow) bone temporarily grafted before you can supply your own
- Synthetic bone
If you are having an implant in the upper jaw, and there is missing bone here, you may need a sinus lift as well.
The periodontist will then open your gum to reveal your jawbone, drill a small hole into the jaw and insert the implant. Once all of the implants have been inserted, they will then close the gum and stitch it together, and the implant will begin to fuse with your jawbone in a process which is called “osseo-integration”. The implanted tooth will solidly integrate with the bone over about 6 months.
In the second stage, the periodontist will open up the gum again and fit an attachment called an ‘abutment’ to the implant. This will connect the implant and the replacement tooth. The tooth will then be attached to the abutment.
Although the process can be a little painful, it is nothing that pain killers can’t help. According to Beverly Hills periodontists, the procedure can take from a few weeks to a few months to completely heal – depending on the extent of the work which was carried out.
Whilst it may seem a more drastic solution to tooth replacement, there is a reason why more dentists are recommending dental implants to their patients. The long term dental health and visual benefits mean that they are definitely worth considering.