Dental Implant Placement
Are you thinking about getting implants? If you are, you need additional information before you make a decision on whether or not you should get implants. Let Fay Periodontal Associates talk to you about the importance of dental implant placement, so that you will understand how implant placement works, and how you can prepare for it.
What are Dental Implants?
Inventors created dental implants as a way to recreate the look of natural teeth, but they also wanted to save jawbones in the process. That’s because when you lose teeth, you also begin to lose jawbone, as your body removes bone mass from your jaw to use someplace else. Dental implants are screws that screw into your jawbone, and serve as an anchor for a prosthetic tooth that sits on the top. We can use implants to replace a single tooth, a lot of teeth, or an entire set of teeth. With implants, we are also able to save an entire jaw, because your body thinks the tooth you lost is still in place.
How Does the Dental Implant Procedure Work?
An implant procedure has several steps. First, we check your teeth and gums to see if you are in good oral health. Your gums need to be healthy in order for you to support an implant. If you have gum disease, we need to treat that first. Gum disease can cause a lot of problems in your mouth, including infection, which we don’t need around an implant. If you have gum disease, we’ll treat that first, and then you can get implants.
If your gums are healthy, we next need to take a look at the implant site. Do you need a single tooth implant? No problem, because that process is really simple. We make a cut along the gumline where your tooth used to be. We then use a screw that screws into your jawbone. You need a crown - or a prosthetic tooth - on top of the screw. The prosthetic tooth will match with your existing teeth, so only you will know that you have missing teeth.
If you have several missing teeth instead of one missing tooth, we’d make more cuts along your gumline. We would place screws to hold the implant once it has healed. The number of screws we need usually corresponds to the number of teeth you have missing, but there are procedures that use fewer screws. If you are missing several teeth along one side of your mouth, you would then get a bridge of multiple prosthetic teeth once the incisions heal. Unlike traditional bridges, these bridges don’t need to be removed. They are a permanent part of your mouth. No matter which procedure we use, we want it to be right for you.
Do you have questions about dental implants? We can help. Fay Periodontal Associates can help you make a good decision about dental implants. Give us a call at (913) 268-9300. Let us help you decide which implant procedure to have, and make sure you understand what is involved. Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying beautiful shiny teeth!