A dental implant is an artifical tooth root that provides the foundation for fixed or replacement teeth. When compared to other options like crowns, bridges, and dentures, dental implants are the ideal tooth option because they replace the crown and root of the tooth.
Dental implants are the ideal tooth replacement option because they provide a stronger foundation than other replacement options. Once the implant is inserted, the bone tissue will grow around the implant providing your implant structural support. This support will assist in not damaging adjacent teeth by relying on them for support and will look and feel like your natural tooth.
The process of placing a dental implant includes:
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The first step in placing a dental implant is to remove the tooth where the implant will be placed. During this process Dr. Prater will extract the tooth leaving an opening inside of the bone that once supported it. While the tissues around the extraction site heal, the remaining bone won't fill in the open area. As a result, the quality of bone that’s left to support adjacent teeth is worsened. To ensure there’s adequate bone in the open socket to support your new implant restoration and the neighboring teeth, a post tooth extraction bone graft will be necessary.
Bone grafting is the process of creating new healthy bone in the open area left from the extraction site to provide a solid foundation for your new implant restoration and support the neighboring teeth. This is done directly after the extraction process. Once the bone grafting is complete, the extraction site is closed up where the bone graft will "take" and create new healthy bone in the site. Once the new healthy bone is dense enough you will be able to move forward with implant placement
You may experience some discomfort following any of the procedures described above. After each phase Dr. Prater will provide you with post operative instructions which will include:
If you have any questions after any phase of the implant process don't hesitate to call the office.