What Happens During Dental Implant Surgery?

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Dental implant surgery is a common treatment for broken or chipped teeth. This treatment can restore comfortable function to your teeth while maintaining the integrity of your jawbone. If you think you may be interested in dental implant surgery, keep reading to find out what happens during the procedure.

Removal and Preparation
Before a new tooth can be implanted, your original, chipped or broken tooth must be removed. In some cases, your jawbone needs extra support from a bone graft. This involves the transplant of a piece of bone from another part of your body to your jaw. Depending on the extensiveness of the bone graft, you may need to wait several months for the newly transplanted bone to grow; however, minor bone grafts can be done just before the implant surgery.

Implant Placement
Once your jawbone is strong enough to handle the implant, your gum will be cut open so that your surgeon can drill a hole into the bone below. This hole will contain the metal post that replicates the root of your tooth; the post is deeply implanted in order to provide maximal strength and support. The bone then grows into the implanted post to offer even further stability. While the bone is growing, you will typically receive a temporary denture for the gap between your teeth.

Abutment and Tooth Placement
Once your bone has grown into the implant, you will be ready for the abutment. At this time your gum will be reopened and your abutment will be attached to the implant. After a healing period of one to two weeks, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth in order to create an esthetically pleasing crown. You can choose to have a removable implant prosthesis, which can be removed for cleaning, or a fixed implant prosthesis, which is permanently fixed to the abutment.

If you think dental implant surgery may be the procedure for you, contact Sanford Dental Excellence. Our sedation dentistry practice offers a variety of cosmetic and general dentistry services, including extractions, fillings, and root canals. If you live in the Sanford or Lake Mary areas, feel free to visit our website or call us at (407) 268-6409.

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