Dental Implant Overview
Have you or a loved one lost one or multiple teeth? Are you considering dental implants as a solution, but have questions? Then you’re in luck! Here at Kevin Nail, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we strive to make sure our potential future visitors are well educated on everything they need to make an informed decision. Today, we’ll take you through a brief overview that covers some of the most frequently asked about implant topics. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call us today at (346) 250-3575.
What Is a Dental Implant?
An oral implant essentially fulfills the same job as your real teeth, namely the function of a tooth’s crown and roots.
What Is a Dental Implant Made Of?
Implants are composed of the following parts. A titanium post applied during the initial procedure serves as its anchor. This is called an abutment. After waiting for the post to heal, the actual crown modeled exactly off of your natural teeth is applied on top. Together, these pieces create a strong foundation.
Types of Dental Implants
There are two main classifications of implants. Endosteal, the most common, is constructed from titanium and shaped like a small screw. This type is positioned within your jawbone. The second, subperiosteal, is inserted beneath your gum-line, either on top of or above the jawbone. This is typically used in cases where patients lack sufficient jawbone for endosteal or for those who, for health-related or personal reasons, cannot consent to a jawbone reconstruction augmentation. For people who need a full mouth of teeth replaced, it takes merely a few implants in both jaws to support a complete arch.
[[[Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?]]]
There are no adult age restrictions for dental implants. In general, a good candidate for dental implants includes:
||A healthy individual. One that has good overall health and good oral health.
||Someone who has missing teeth, either one or several.
||A person with ample bone structure in their mouth.
||Someone who does not have gum disease.
||Someone that already has dentures and would like to get dental implants
People who smoke or drink alcohol will not necessarily be turned away for dental implants, but these chemicals and substances can make it harder for your mouth to heal after dental implant surgery. Any medical conditions or medications you are on should be shared with the dentist so we are aware of any health issues that could potentially come into play during dental implant surgery.
How Is An Implant Procedure Done?
During the surgery, we make your comfort our top priority. Following a set of X-rays, Dr. Kevin Nail will work with you to organize your treatment plan. Prior to the actual insertion, the target-area will be numbed using a local anesthetic. Sedation options include the choice between an IV or general anesthesia. Upon confirming the patient’s comfort, the procedure will begin.
The first step is a small incision made in the gums to grant access to your jawbone. The abutment will then be inserted, though the angle of positioning may vary, depending on the tooth being restored. A precise oral drill is employed to prepare your jawbone before the gums are sutured closed around the abutment. Should tissue regeneration require additional assistance, a healing cap will be added atop the post. It is important at this stage that a friend or relative be available, ready to drive you home.
Afterward, an impression will be taken from your mouth and sent to the lab to begin constructing permanent custom-made prosthetic teeth. You will wear a temporary set of teeth during this interim period to alleviate talking and eating while you heal. Recovery time may take 6-12 weeks, partially based on the number of restorations. You will return for follow-up appointments so Dr. Kevin Nail may check the progress of your implants and make sure they’re integrating properly. The biggest concern to look out for at this stage is infection or disturbance of the surgical area, so you’ll want to avoid flossing or brushing for the first 24 hours.
Remember, for any further questions or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin Nail, please call Kevin Nail, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to set up a visit at (346) 250-3575.