Dental implants are metal frames or posts made of titanium that are surgically positioned to your jaw to provide support for the replacement tooth.
Are dental implants suitable for you?
Before you visit our dentist in El Dorado, you need to check if you are eligible;
These metal posts are suitable for all adults; whether born with missing teeth or have had them removed due to infection, decay or injury.
Implants are available in different heights, sizes, and types. Our dentists will help you choose the best option depending on the number of missing teeth, gum health, and bone density.
These are implants surgically placed into the jawbone and they are made of titanium.
The implants are fixed under the gum but above the jawbone. Subperiosteal is preferred for patients without enough healthy natural jawbone, but don’t want to undergo bone grafting to rebuild it.
Dental implants require a thick bone density to support them. However, if you have a poor jawbone your dentist may require you a bone grafting procedure to restore the natural jawline.
Bone grafting is categorized in different types depending on the severity of the bone loss. You can get a sinus lift that is done to fix the upper jaw bone or ridge expansion that is done if the jaw is narrow.
Depending on your jawbone healthy, our dentist may suggest any of the following procedures:
The dental implant procedure involves six steps;
In this first appointment, our dentist will examine your dental health using x-ray or 3D imaging and discuss a suitable procedure.
The second appointment involves fixing the implant in your jawbone on your missing tooth. Local anesthesia is used to keep you comfortable. At this stage, the doctor might recommend a bone graft if you need one.
You may experience swelling, bruising, pain and minor bleeding after the surgery.
This is the process where the implant fuses to the jawbone to form a strong and lasting foundation for your artificial teeth. The process can take a few months. During this process, you will be required to take a soft diet for the first weeks to support the healing process.
After the osseointegration process is done, the dentist will bond the implant to the jawbone. Sometimes the connector is placed on the same day as the implant.
The dentist will make an impression of your mouth to make your artificial teeth. These crowns are made of porcelain are attached to the abutment.
Although dental implants are not prone to decay, they still need care and dental checkups to keep track of your dental health in general.
Just like any surgery, dental implants present some risks such as infections, swelling, damage to the surrounding structure, nerve damage, and sinus problems.
Dental implants have a 95% success if done by a good dentist. However, the durability of the implants will depend on your dental care.