Dental implants are a permanent solution for patients missing one or several teeth. Popular for their strength, stability, and natural appearance and function, dental implants allow patients to smile with confidence and enjoy eating the foods they love.
A single dental implant actually consists of three parts: the titanium implant screw or post, the abutment, and the crown. The screw is made up of medical-grade titanium, which fuses with the jaw bone for a secure foundation. The abutment acts as a connector between the screw and the crown and is placed after the screw has fused with the jaw bone. The crown is the visible part of the dental implant and is custom-made to blend in with the rest of your teeth for a natural appearance. The unique three-part design makes dental implants the only tooth replacement option that restores both the crown and the root.
Dental Implant Consultation
Dental implants are a collaborative effort between your oral surgeon and your dentist. Your oral surgeon will place the dental implant post into the jaw bone, and your dentist will create and place the visible part of the prosthetic (also known as the crown) onto the dental implant base.
If you are interested in dental implants, your first step is to make a consultation appointment with one of our experienced oral surgeons. Your oral surgeon will meet with you to discuss your condition, oral health history, and goals for treatment. Your ideal treatment plan will be mapped out during this appointment, and the specific treatment you receive will be based on several factors, such as whether you need additional procedures and the number of implants placed. Anesthesia options will also be discussed during this appointment, and you will be given instructions to follow for pre- and post-operative care.
The surgical procedure for dental implant placement will begin with the administration of anesthesia. This procedure is usually performed under IV sedation, which allows the patient to sleep comfortably during the surgery. Oral surgeons receive years of training beyond dental school to perform the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery safely and expertly, including the administration of anesthesia. Once the patient is relaxed and comfortable, the oral surgeon will make an incision into the gums and place the dental implant into the jaw bone.
Your surgical sites will heal over the following weeks, and the newly placed implant will integrate with the jaw bone. Once this healing period is over, your dentist will place your new prosthesis over the implants. The prosthesis is custom-made to blend in with the rest of your teeth for a natural appearance. Most of the time, a temporary prosthesis can be worn during the healing period.
After Dental Implant Placement
After surgery, you might feel some discomfort — this is normal. Some bleeding is also common. For the first few weeks following surgery, a soft foods diet is advised. Detailed pre-operative and post-operative instructions will be given to you during your consultation appointment. If you have any questions about your pre- or post-operative care, please give us a call.
Dental Implants in Mason City, IA
If you are curious about dental implants and would like to learn more, please give us a call. We will be more than happy to set up a consultation and come up with a treatment plan that fits your needs, lifestyle, and goals.