Understanding the Dental Implant Surgery Procedure
If you suffer from missing teeth, dental implant-supported restorations can provide your smile with unmatched stability and functionality. Dental implants are surgically placed in your jaw bone, where they function like natural tooth roots and support different types of restorations. During the process of osseointegration, your jaw bone fuses securely around your dental implants, holding them in place. After your implants have healed and been fitted with your restorations, you can smile, eat, and speak with confidence again. At Greater Long Island Dental, we offer implant-supported dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. To learn more about dental implant surgery, contact our Long Island office.
The Surgical Procedure
Our team works closely with trusted local oral surgeons who will place your dental implants. Before your surgery, our team will create a digital image of what your smile will look like following your implant placement and restoration. Along with x-rays and digital imaging, this information helps your oral surgeon plan the precise placement of your implants.
Your oral surgeon can provide different sedation options to help you relax during surgery, which can last from one to several hours depending upon the complexity of your procedure. Once your mouth has been numbed for surgery, your surgeon will make incisions in your gum tissue and drill a small hole into your jaw bone where each implant post will be placed. Once your implants are inserted into the jaw, your incisions will be sutured closed. The number of implants you receive will depend whether you are receiving a single-tooth restoration (a crown), a partial restoration (an implant-supported bridge), or a full-arch restoration (a denture).
Once your implants have been placed, you will have a healing period (typically three to six months) before your restorations can be placed. During this time, we can provide you with a temporary restoration. Your jaw bone will begin fuse to the titanium implants, recognizing them as if they were natural tooth roots.
After your implants have healed, you will return to your oral surgeon, where you will have abutments placed upon your implants. Abutments connect your dental prostheses to your dental implants. During an appointment at our office, we will attach your customized, permanent restoration and ensure it fits snugly and comfortably within your mouth. Your implant-supported restoration will provide immediate function and can be cleaned just like your natural teeth.
Dental implant surgery candidates should be in good general health and able to undergo surgery. Your jaw bone must have adequate volume and density to support your implants. After tooth loss, your jaw gradually begins to resorb into your body, weakening it. If it has become too weak to support implants, you may require bone grafting surgery. During this procedure, your oral surgeon will place a small piece of healthy bone to build up your jaw. You should be aware that this surgery also requires several months of recovery time, during which your jaw will heal. Virtually any type of prostheses can be supported by implants if you meet these requirements. Implants provide an unparalleled level of security that can enhance your quality of life.
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To learn more about dental implant surgery, contact Greater Long Island Dental today.
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