The Dental Implants Procedure
First, your damaged tooth will be removed. Then the jawbone will be prepared for the surgical Dental Implant Procedure. Once your jaw has healed, the surgeon will place the metal post implant in the bone. There will be another period allowed for healing that may take several months, after which time the oral surgeon will place the abutment. Once the soft tissues have healed, the dentist will create a mold of your teeth and jaw. Later, he or she will place the replacement tooth.
Installing The Implant
During your Dental Implant Procedure, your oral surgeon will perform a standard incision, incising the gum tissue and exposing the bone. Then, small pilot holes are drilled in the jaw bone. Your dental implant will be inserted in these holes for permanent placement.
Allowing Time For Bone Growth
Because bone is among the hardest and slowest growing tissues of the body, it will take some time for the bone surrounding the implant to heal and grow into place. Before your Dental Implant Procedure can be completed, the bone of your jaw must be in good condition. As osseointegration proceeds, your jaw bone will unite with the specialized surface of your dental implant. This is a long process and can take several months. During this time, you will need to take special eating precautions and be meticulous with your daily oral hygiene. Once the process of osseointegration is sufficiently complete, your oral surgeon or dentist will place the abutment.
Whether your Dental Implant Procedure should be completed in a single visit or over the course of several appointments, you can expect to experience a period of recovery during which special care must be taken to ensure proper healing and recuperation. You can expect some swelling of the face and gums, bruising, mild to moderate pain at the implant site, as well as some minor bleeding. These symptoms are to be expected and should heal normally.
If the bone of your jaw is not thick enough, if the bone tissue is too soft, or if healing is not proceeding as planned- you may require a bone graft to successfully complete the Dental Implant Procedure.
What is Dental Bone Grafting?
A dental bone graft is a surgical procedure used to "build up" or reconstruct an area of the patient’s jaw using a sample of bone taken from another source. The bone graft material can come from another site on the patient’s own body. It can be sourced from a bank of human bone tissue which is stored just like human blood is stored in a blood bank. The graft material can also be a xenograft, which is bone tissue taken from an animal, usually bovine. Finally, a synthetic rhBMP may be used which stimulates the body to produce new bone in a given area.
How is Dental Bone Grafting Done?
The procedure takes place in a clinical setting. Anesthetics are used to alleviate pain. Then the oral surgeon will make an incision in the area which is to accept the bone implant. If the replacement tissue is to come from the patient, then a surgeon will also make an incision to retrieve the replacement bone. The replacement tissue will be stitched into place. Sometimes the oral surgeon will use metal pins to secure it firmly. The healing process usually takes between four to five months, and the patient will be directed to avoid chewing in the affected area and to take only soft foods. When is Dental Bone Grafting Necessary?
Bone loss in the jaw can result from injury or disease. But it is most often the result of missing teeth. When teeth are missing, the jaw bone will atrophy, changing the patient’s appearance and altering bite characteristics. Dental bone grafting is done to repair the damage and changes of this nature and to restore the patient’s normal jawline.
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