Missing teeth can cause a decline in oral health, pose numerous health problems and make someone lose their confidence. The best solution to restore your oral health is to have dental implants replace those missing teeth.
Dental Implants safeguard the jaw from any additional damage. They are also aesthetically pleasing enough to bring your smile back to life. Our dentist, Dr. Alan McCaffrey at Red Rock Dental, will work to find the perfect dental implants for you.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root that is usually made from titanium, a biocompatible material. The implant is inserted into the jawbone and allowed to fuse with the bone in a process called osseointegration. Once the artificial tooth root is integrated into the jawbone, a tooth restoration is secured to the abutment, which is the top visible part of the implant. Dental Implants can help replace one or more teeth.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Most people who are healthy enough to undertake restorative procedures such as filling or root canal therapy are eligible for dental implants. A patient must have healthy teeth and gums, and in case of any cavities or periodontal disease, they must be addressed first. In addition, there should be sufficient bone mass tissue to provide support for an implant. On the other hand, if you have incurred bone loss, which is pretty common after tooth loss, a bone grafting procedure can be carried out to help rebuild the tissues.
What Is the Procedure For a Dental Implant?
At Red Rock Dental, placing dental implants is a two-stage process. In the first stage, the titanium screw is surgically inserted into your jawbone. The procedure involves minor surgery and is usually performed under local anesthesia. An opening is cut in the gum tissues at the site of the missing tooth to insert the titanium screw and then sutured. The gums will take about a week to heal, but the integration of the implant with the bone will take several months. If necessary, you may be fitted with a temporary tooth restoration during the integration process.
Once the implant has integrated into the jawbone, a small connector post called an abutment is fixed to the titanium post to hold the new tooth securely. To make the new tooth, Dr. Alan McCaffrey will take impressions of your teeth and create a model of your bite. A restorative replacement, called a crown, is then attached to the abutment.
We will make every effort to match the shade of the replacement teeth with your original teeth. And because the implant is permanently fixed within the jawbone, the replacement teeth attached to it will look, feel, and work just like your own natural teeth.
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and how our dentist, Dr. Alan McCaffrey, can help transform your smile, call us at (702) 243-8788 and schedule your appointment.