Dental implants are the preferred solution for missing teeth. The other options are bridges and dentures, which can present a host of disadvantages. Dental implant procedures involve outpatient surgery, which is done in different stages. The entire process can take from three to nine months from start to finish. Much of the time will be spent waiting for healing and the growth of new bone in the jaw.
The dental implant surgery process will include the following stages:
- Extraction of the damaged tooth, if the tooth is still there.
- Examination of the jawbone, especially if the tooth has been missing for a long time.
- Preparation of the jawbone for surgery. Bone grafting may be required if the jawbone is not structurally ready for an implant. A piece of bone may be taken from another part of the body and transplanted to the jawbone. A new option is to use an artificial bone.
- It will take a while for the jawbone to heal, but after it does, the periodontist will place the metal post of the dental implant in the jawbone.
- The patient will then need to heal for up to several months more.
• When the jawbone is sufficiently healed, the oral surgeon will install the abutment, an extension of the metal post.
- When the soft tissues are healed, molds of your teeth and jawbone will be made in order to prepare the tooth or teeth to be placed.
- The missing tooth or teeth will be replaced.
After a dental implant procedure, it is normal to feel some discomfort, including swelling of the gums and face. Patients may also experience bruising of the skin and gums and pain at the implant site. Minor bleeding may occur.
Layton Implants provides dental implants for Farmington residents. Contact our office to make an appointment with our experienced periodontist.