Dental implants are a durable, long-lasting way to replace missing teeth. They function similarly to a natural tooth, and they provide a permanent, lifelong solution to tooth loss. Dental implant treatment begins with a dental implant being placed in the jaw. An implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into the jaw during oral surgery. The implant is placed into the jawbone so that it remains stable. Over the course of three to six months, the jawbone will fuse to the implant, giving it stability. Once the dentist is confident that the implant has bonded to the bone, they will attach an abutment to the implant. The abutment is the piece that connects the implant to the crown. The abutment can be made from a variety of materials, including gold, titanium, or zirconia. The dental implant is then topped with a dental crown. At River Tree Dental & Implants, we offer durable dental implants to help you restore your lost teeth and oral health.
Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement. Dental implants are an ideal tooth replacement option because they provide several benefits. Dental implants prevent bone loss, look and function like natural teeth, and are more comfortable than removable dentures. Compared to traditional bridges and dentures, dental implants provide a number of benefits.
At River Tree Dental & Implants, the process of placement of dental implants involves the following steps:
During dental implant placement surgery, the dentist will perform a bone grafting procedure if the patient does not have sufficient jawbone density to support the implant. During the process, the dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the jaw. Then, he or she will make a small incision in the gum tissue to expose the jawbone. The surgeon will then place bone graft material in the hole and pack it in tightly. The gum tissue is then sutured closed, and the dentist will send the patient home to heal.
During the placement of the dental implant, the oral surgeon numbs the area using local anesthesia, performs the dental implant surgery, and then implants the titanium post or screw into the jawbone.
Dental implants require time to fuse with the surrounding jawbone, which is called osseointegration. It takes 3-6 months for the bone to grow around and fuse to the dental implant post.
Once the jawbone heals around the implant, a small connector post called an abutment will be attached. This abutment will connect the post to the artificial tooth (or crown).
As the last step of dental implant placement, the restoration, usually a crown, is then placed on top of the abutment. The crown will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.
The final result is a beautiful, natural-looking smile that enhances the patient’s appearance and confidence.
After your implant procedure, you will begin your recovery process. Your medical history, current condition, and instructions from your dentist will determine your recovery time. During your recovery, you will need to avoid certain foods and activities such as smoking, drinking alcohol, and chewing on hard or crunchy foods. Your dentist will provide you with specific instructions regarding aftercare.>
Once your dental implants are placed, caring for them is easy. Brush your teeth at least twice a day as you normally would. Floss at least once daily, and be sure to floss around and between each dental implant. Use an antiseptic mouthwash daily. Also, keep up with regular dental checkups and cleanings.
Anyone with missing teeth having good jawbone density is a candidate for dental implants. If you have healthy gums and enough bone in the jaw, a dental implant procedure may be right for you. When you come into our office, we’ll evaluate your oral and overall health, as these factors can affect your candidacy. In some cases, we can use bone grafting to build up the bone in your jaw, helping to support the implant.
It is important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible because missing teeth can cause other problems. For example, if an individual loses a tooth towards the back of the mouth, the teeth surrounding the space can shift. Eventually, this could lead to issues with bite alignment and jaw pain.
Many patients worry about pain with dental implants. Fortunately, the dental implant procedure itself is usually relatively painless. Your dentist will provide you with a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area, but any discomfort you may feel will be mild. In the weeks following your procedure, however, it’s common to experience some pain or swelling. These symptoms can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication and ice packs.
Restore Your Oral Health With Dental Implants
Dental implants are an excellent solution for missing teeth. Besides, they also provide a number of oral and overall health benefits. To replace your missing teeth with dental implants, call (817)-924-0506 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 2800 S Hulen St Ste 205, Fort Worth, TX 76109.Request an Appointment