Lake Worth, TX
Tooth extraction is a very common dental procedure and after your tooth is pulled, you will need to have a replacement for that tooth. Common procedures involve dentures or bridges. However, dental implants are a great alternative to these that give you a more natural look and function. Dental implants are sometimes placed on the same day as your dental extraction, but they can also be placed in an existing empty space where a tooth is supposed to be. Procedures for dental implants can vary slightly from one person to the next. Our professionals at HomeTown Dental at Lake Worth can give you more information about dental implants.
Why Dental Implants Are Important
It is possible to function relatively normally after you have lost a tooth, but you will always experience at least some function loss when a tooth is extracted. Dental implants help to restore this function and, in many cases, are a preferred alternative to dentures or bridges. These implants make it easier for you to eat and talk after your tooth extraction. They also have aesthetic appeal as they are made to resemble your natural teeth very closely. In general, these are reliable and have a very high success rate.
Dental Implant Types
There are two styles of dental implant that patients can receive: subperiosteal and endosteal. Subperiosteal implants are located underneath the gum, but they do not penetrate the jawbone. These are used when you have a jawbone that is not able to support implants due to damage, decay, or injury. You can also go through a process of bone augmentation to rebuild the jawbone first, so that you can get endosteal implants but, this provides a good option for people who do not want that procedure. Endosteal implants are very similar, except these penetrate the jawbone. They are made of titanium and have a small screw shape. This is the most common type of dental implant.
Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant procedure may require multiple appointments. To begin, our dentist will take x-rays or other types of diagnostic images and impressions of the jaw and teeth. This lets them closely examine your mouth structure to determine if your jaw can support implants. Bone augmentation, ridge expansion, and sinus lifts can be done if you would like to have endosteal implants but cannot currently support them. Bone augmentation is the restoration or replacement of parts of your jawbone. Ridge expansion is the use of bone grafts to create space above the jaw. Sinus lifts are used when you are missing your upper back teeth which adds bone structure below the sinuses.
To do the surgery, our dentist will administer general anesthesia. After this, they will make a small incision into your gum to expose the bone. They will drill holes to create a location for the dental implant post, which is a metal material. The jawbone needs to grow onto the implant, which can take a few months.
Once your jawbone has grown over the implant, you will come in for the placement. Our dentist will administer local anesthesia and make another incision into the gum. They place the abutment, which is the support that the artificial tooth attaches to. A few weeks later, we will take impressions so that an artificial tooth can be made. Once it is complete, our dentist simply attaches it to the abutment.
Following each procedure, you will be given recovery instructions, which you must follow to have success. To inquire about dental implants, call HomeTown Dental at Lake Worth at (682) 516-3532 now.