Almost 3 million have dental implants in the U.S. as of today. Many people now understand that these implants are much more comfortable than other tooth replacement options such as traditional dentures, crowns, or bridges. This is because when you get implants, you get your tooth roots replaced with screw-like metal posts.
If you are thinking of getting a dental implant, please keep reading!
The procedure to get implants involves certain steps:
1. Initial Evaluation
Our dentist will conduct a comprehensive examination and determine the health of your jawbone and check whether you are in a condition to get the dental implant procedure. In order to conduct this evaluation, we use X-rays, take dental impressions, and match the color of your teeth to create an implant that looks exactly like your teeth.
2. Tooth Extraction
If it is essential to remove the tooth to get it replaced, then our dentist will remove it through an extraction procedure. This can even be done during the time of implant insertion. If you are scared of extractions, we have a number of sedation options to help you sit comfortably throughout the procedure.
3. Inserting the Dental Implant and Bone Grafting
An implant is inserted into your jawbone; if it's healthy enough. But if your jaw requires some extra bone, then it will be taken from another area of your jawbone to the area where the implant needs to be placed. This process is called bone grafting. It may take some time to heal, and only after the implant is placed.
4. Abutment Placement
An abutment, a piece that connects the implant and crown, is placed over the implant as it gets stable. The dentist will tighten the abutment so that it stays in place and add a temporary crown to prevent the tissue and bone from growing over it.
5. Adding a Permanent Crown
Once your final restoration is ready, we will place it over the abutment after removing the temporary crown placed earlier.
You might feel some discomfort which is normal. There might be a little bit of swelling or pain for a few days, and it will fade away soon. If it still persists, we would suggest you reach out to us. Consume soft foods and use ice packs to help reduce any swelling.
Do not have any tobacco products as you may end up having infections and stains. Practice good oral hygiene, including brushing twice and flossing at least once a day.
Christensen Dental offers dental implants at Henderson, NV. For more details and appointments, call us at (702) 331-2121, book online, or visit us at 10521 Jeffreys St #200, Henderson, NV 89052.