Although dental implants are a durable and aesthetically pleasing option for replacing missing teeth, they are not for everyone. A consultation with skilled dental implant dentist of Columbus, Ohio cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Firouzian can determine if dental implants are the best solution for you. Dr. Firouzian may prescribe a specialized x-ray that will also confirm the health of your bone and determine treatment success.
Most adults who are in good general health and have sufficient jaw bone structure are viable candidates for dental implants.
Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant process typically involves two phases spread over roughly three to six months.
The first step is the placing of your titanium implant root. First, you will be adequately numbed. This may involve local anesthesia involving our new, more comfortable Anutra buffered anesthesia. Some people or procedures may require general anesthesia. The implant is then inserted in the jawbone. Once the implant is placed, it will be capped as your bone begins to fuse around the titanium root.
During the months after the implant is placed, your mouth and jaw will begin to heal, and the process of osseointegration will occur.
Osseointegration is the fusing of your natural bone structure to the titanium implant. Once your bone has sufficiently bonded to the implant root, you will return to the dentist for the placement of your implant crown.
Dental Crown Placement
Once your implant becomes part of your jawbone, the temporary cap will be removed and a dental crown will be secured.
The crown will not only match your existing natural teeth, but it will restore strength and function to your bite.
Variations on the Dental Implant Procedure
Every patient is different, so although the procedure described above is accurate for most patients, some may require a different procedure. If you’ve suffered significant jawbone loss as a result of gum disease or atrophy, a bone graft may be necessary before your dental implant can be placed.
In other cases, your dental implant may be secure enough when it is first placed that you can get a temporary dental crown placed the same day. It all depends on your individual situation.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants and crown replacement, please contact Columbus, Ohio, cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Firouzian at the Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.