Dental implant surgery is a procedure where teeth that have been lost due to trauma, decay or disease are replaced with a substitution so close to natural teeth, the patient will never miss their biological teeth.
When discussing dental implants with your dentist, there are several topics to be reviewed to determine if the patient is a good candidate for the procedure and will benefit from a successful outcome:
- Commitment – Dental implants is a process that can take up to a year from start to finish. The patient must commit to keeping the surgical implant area clean and as free from bacteria as possible to give the process the highest percentage of success.
- Health – Implant dentistry is not a procedure to be entered into lightly. Overall health as well as dental condition will be reviewed to guarantee the patient is an excellent candidate for a successful procedure.
- Tobacco use – Smoking and tobacco use are factors discussed prior to the dental implant procedure. One of the leading causes for implant failure, giving up tobacco in all forms is highly recommended.
- As with any surgical procedure, sufficient rest, healthy diet, and a positive outlook will help to ensure a positive result.
Once the decision has been reached to pursue dental implants, the patient will undergo a procedure where the implant will be placed where tooth loss has occurred. The implant itself is most often made from titanium, a metal that has unique properties that encourages bone growth and fusion of metal and bone.
During the healing period, typically four to six months, the embedded implant fuses to bone becoming a permanent part of the dental anatomy. Once healed, this tiny piece of metal will become a substitute for the root of the tooth providing support for the restoration that will cover it.
From start to finish the care provided by the patient can dictate the outcome. Following the instructions and advice of your dentist on how to care for the surgical area will keep bacteria at bay. Daily flossing and brushing are essential.
As treatment concludes, the implant will be covered with a restoration so lifelike that it will be indiscernible from your natural teeth. Caring for your implant is the same as for biological teeth including a thorough daily hygiene regimen and keeping those semi-annual visits to the dentist.
Contact Fielder Park Dental at 817-275-4817 to learn more and to schedule your professional consultation.