Dental implants help address missing teeth, from replacing one lost tooth to securing a full set of dentures. The placement process involves oral surgery, and helps ensure your new teeth last for decades to come. In today’s blog, your Olathe, KS, dentists talk about placing dental implants with oral surgery.
What is a dental implant? This is a replacement tooth that consists of three major parts. The biocompatible titanium implant post is a screw-like device that we insert into the jawbone. It bonds with the tissue through osseointegration, allowing the new post to act as a root and last for decades to come. Next is the abutment, which we attach to the post and extends above the gum line. This is what we will connect the third part to, the dental crown. The custom-made and lifelike crown will provide a durable chewing surface and a natural appearance. We could also connect a custom bridge or even a full or partial denture to multiple posts in your smile.
To begin, we will need to take detailed digital x-trays and images of your smile, so we can choose the best position for the posts, ensuring they bond with the jaw and last for decades to come. We also want to avoid sinus cavities and nerve tissues too. To ensure you’re comfortable, we not only offer a local anesthetic, but dental sedation as well. The sedation helps you enter a calm and relaxed state with little to no memory of the procedure at all. A trained anesthesiologist will be on hand to monitor you. Once you’re comfortable, we will use digital surgical guides to oversee the placement process.
We then insert the post or posts into the jawbone. For some, we could attach the denture portion on the same day. For others, there will need to be a waiting period for the jaw to heal before we move forward with attaching the crown, bridge, or denture. Once this is done, you will have a full smile again. Maintaining good oral hygiene with better home habits and visits to our team every six months will help ensure you have successful implant placement that stands the test of time.
If you have any questions about treating missing teeth with dental implants, then contact our team today to learn more.
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We would like to help fill the gaps in your smile with advanced replacement options. Schedule an appointment today and learn more about replacing your missing teeth. You can also call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. Find our office at 15010 S Black Bob Road Olathe, KS 66062. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.