Over the course of the last two decades, dental implants have become a safe and effective way to replace a tooth that was lost due to advanced tooth decay, severe fracture or otherwise required extraction.
The initial consultation, your dentist will examine your mouth and take some X-rays. This will give a clear understanding of how jaw structure is available and the overall health of your mouth. If gum disease, tooth decay or past extractions have caused a loss of bone structure, your dentist might recommend you receive a bone graft in the area to restore enough structure to mount the dental implant.
The dental 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.
During the dental implant procedure, a small incision is made in your gums to gain access to the bone. A narrow channel is made in the bone for each implant. Next a titanium abutment is screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse to your bones in a process known as osseointegration.
Once everything is in place your gums are sutured closed and the titanium abutment is covered with a temporary crown. Once the abutment fuses to the bone, your dentist can fit the abutment with a permanent crown.
If you have questions about dental implants, please feel free to call us at 317-849-0999 to schedule an appointment.