Dental implant surgery is a procedure that replaces damaged or missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function like natural teeth. Your dentist may recommend dental implants if you have one or more missing teeth. Dental implants are an alternative to dentures for people who are unable or unwilling to wear them. To be considered for implants, you must have healthy oral tissues, have adequate bone to secure the implants, your jawbone must be done growing, and you can’t have any health conditions that could affect bone healing.
Dental implants require one or more surgical procedures, usually done in stages, and the entire process can take months to complete. First, the dentist will surgically place the metal dental implant cylinder in your jawbone. This cylinder serves as the tooth root, so following this procedure, your jawbone must heal completely before the next step can occur. Once the jawbone has united with the dental implant, the dentist will place the abutment, to which the crown will eventually be attached. This may require additional minor surgery. Following the attachment of the abutment, your gums must heal for a week or two before the artificial tooth can be attached.
If you are considering dental implants, you may also want to consider IV sedation instead of general anesthesia. IV sedation can make your dental implant surgery a calm, comfortable experience.
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