You may be familiar with the general procedure to receive a dental implant. After your first consultation, Dr. Reddy will provide you with a customized treatment plan. Next, Dr. Reddy will extract your tooth if it has not already been removed. Then, Dr. Reddy will insert the metal post into your jaw bone. Your gums may take between six and twelve weeks to grow comfortably around the post. Lastly, Dr. Reddy will place a crown on top of the post. Your new tooth will fit-in naturally and improve your talking, eating, and more!
However, you may have a few more in-depth questions about dental implants. Here are a few answers:
Will the procedure be successful?
Each person reacts differently; however, a good indication of dental implant success is the bone density, or how thick the bone is, in your jaw. Actually, bone density is not consistent throughout your whole jaw. The lower jaw is denser (has the thicker bone) than the upper jaw. If you would like more information, ask Dr. Reddy during your consultation about your bone density.
What if I do not have sufficient bone?
Typically, a single dental implant is placed into the jaw bone below the extracted tooth. This procedure through osseointegration and describes the process of marrying the living bone with the implant. Although this is the most stable way to support your implanted tooth, soft tissue can also be used to stabilize the implant. This procedure is called fibroosseous integration.
Will I need a bone graft?
This depends on how much bone underneath the tooth was lost during the extraction. Dr. Reddy can stimulate bone growth by placing a nonhuman, synthetic bone made from non-living creatures. Another procedure involves using a frozen cadaver bone or bone from your hip. Typically, you should wait 4-6 months after the bone graft to receive your implant.
Can I get an implant if I have gum disease?
Possibly. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, forms around your teeth in your gums. Bacteria can threaten the structure of your tooth and may cause bone loss below the tooth. As mentioned above, sufficient jaw bone is vital for the strongest implant. Additionally, the surrounding teeth with periodontal disease can cause an implant to fail.
Would you like to learn more about dental implants? Speak with SmileUP Dentistry today at (940)-218-9110.