Single Tooth Implant Lakewood CA
Do you have a missing tooth that needs replacement? We understand you may have questions regarding dental implants. Dental restoration can be overwhelming for patients with no prior experience. While it is a surgical process, professional oral surgeons take adequate measures to ensure pain-free tooth replacement. Our doctors and at Lakewood Dental Arts thoroughly examine your teeth beforehand to avoid surgical complications.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are artificial roots that fit into your jawbone and bear a prosthetic tooth. To create screw-like implants, oral surgeons perform surgical procedures to access the bone below your gums. These implanted roots support artificial teeth and hold them in place permanently. The costs of dental implants may vary for each case.
The Implant Procedure
Dental implant procedures can be simple or complicated based on the patient’s dental health. In ideal cases, oral surgeons follow these steps to create dental implants.
The first step in the implant procedure is cutting a part of your gum above the implant location. This step is essential to access the area where your missing tooth root is located in the jawbone. Oral surgeons use proper instruments to make incisions and expose the bone.
Drilling Into the Bone
After locating the proper area, oral surgeons drill into the patient’s bone to create space for implant roots. Drilling allows them to place screw-like roots in the bone to hold the replacement teeth above the gums. Once the surgeon implants these posts, they stitch the gums and allow them to heal. Gum healing usually takes up to six months, or it could be longer, based on the patient’s gum condition.
Once the gum heals, oral surgeons proceed to the next part of the implant procedure. This time, they make a second incision to expose the implant. They review the implant’s condition and attach a cap to the top of the screw.
Surgeons leave the cap on for a few weeks (based on the patient’s condition) to allow the healing of the surrounding gum tissue. Once the gum attaches to the implant root, the oral surgeons remove the cap to place an abutment for crown placement.
Abutment and Crown Placement
The abutment is the primary support to the dental crown in the implant procedure. Oral surgeons place the abutment over the implant to establish the final layer (crown) over the gum. Placing an abutment is essential to ensure implant strength. Once done, the crown fits over it to bear chewing pressure like normal teeth.
Oral surgeons schedule the patient’s appointment after a few days to thoroughly examine the crown’s condition. The patient may provide detailed feedback about chewing to the doctor. If they face any problems, the dentist may look into the gum and recommend suitable practices.
The above steps highlight the complete dental implant procedure for understanding before you get a single tooth dental implant. Our doctors and at Lakewood Dental Arts can offer you a thorough consultation for dental implants, explain their benefits, and advise you about the steps suitable for your case. You can contact our office today at (562) 384-1091 to schedule your appointment.