The key to a good dental implant location is finding adequate bone tissue in the area where an artificial tooth root will go. The best way to determine whether this is possible is through a consultation with a dental team. This will include a dentist, oral surgeon and/or periodontist. These professionals will perform a comprehensive exam, take panoramic X-rays and 3D cone beam CT scan of your mouth to preplan the surgical procedure. They will also perform a physical evaluation to ensure you are healthy enough for the surgery. If necessary, a bone graft will be performed to build up the bone before getting started with an implant.
A titanium screw is inserted into the jawbone where an original tooth root would go. The implant is then fused to the bone in a process called osseointegration. This makes the implant permanent and prevents bone loss. A connecting piece — abutment — is placed on the top of the implant and is used to anchor a crown that serves as your new tooth. This new tooth will look, feel and function just like your natural teeth.
Dental implants are a great alternative to traditional dentures and bridgework that is used to replace missing teeth. They not only look more natural but they are also healthier and stronger. For example, traditional removable dentures and bridges require the support of adjacent natural teeth which can weaken these teeth. In addition, the missing teeth cause the bone to shrink and thin. This makes the dentures and bridgework more difficult to fit properly which can cause mumbling or slurred speech. Dental implants prevent bone loss because they act just like the natural tooth root, stimulating the bones to keep them strong and dense.
During the healing phase, which typically takes a few months, your dentist will check that the implant is secure in place. If you have any problems, such as pain or inflammation, they will let you know how to treat it. They may recommend additional tests or follow-up appointments to monitor your progress.
If you have any issues with your dental implant body, abutment fixation screw or the abutment crown, you should file a voluntary report through MedWatch. This will help the FDA to identify and understand any problems that may arise with these devices.
The Best Place for a Dental Implant
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are the preferred solution for many patients. Traditional dentures and bridgework can cause problems with comfort, aesthetics and functionality, such as poor speech or the need to constantly remove the device. Dental implants, on the other hand, are more comfortable and will not slip or move around in your mouth.
When looking for a clinic that provides dental implants, it’s important to find one that works with board certified specialists. A specialist will have the training and experience to provide the best results for each patient. They will be able to examine your mouth, listen to your concerns and answer any questions you may have. They will also be able to provide you with an accurate cost estimate based on your specific needs.