Dental implant surgery, typically done by maxillofacial surgeons, is a procedure that varies depending on your bone structure and type of dental implants you require. First and foremost, a careful examination of your mouth is necessary to determine if dental implants are the right fit for you. This is typically done by taking x-rays of your head, jaw and teeth, discussing your oral history and reviewing your medical records.
Once the test results are ready and the dentist recommends dental implantation, we will book a time for you to come in to begin the surgery. The specialist will put a dental implant into your jawbone beneath the gum tissue, then stitch the area back into place. As the tissue heals, the implant will bond with the bone and mend to the gum.
After the healing process, which typically takes a couple of months, the dentist will attach a post, called an abutment, which connects the replacement tooth to the implant. Once the dental team creates an artificial replacement tooth, it will be attached to the abutment. A fixed bridge is then anchored to your dental implants.
There are many reasons why people get dental implants. They may get dental implants for cosmetic purposes to improve their appearance or to improve their speech and oral comfort. Other treatments for broken teeth such as crown and bridges may not be suitable for them.