Dental Implant Overview
Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss from periodontal disease or accident. Depending on how many teeth you need to replace, you may need one implant per tooth, two implants for a bridge or multiple implants for a full replacement.The caring professionals at Boynton Laser Dental are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about this life-changing procedure.
How Do I Prepare For Dental Implant Surgery?
Dental implant surgery involves drilling down into the jawbone where teeth have been lost. This implant is made of titanium and will preserve and protect your jaw bone from the from deterioration because old roots are removed and no longer able to cause deterioration of the jaw bone.
Once implanted, the titanium jaw posts must bond to your jaw bone. This process is called osseointegration, and can take from two to six months. During this bonding and healing time, you’ll be given a temporary teeth replacement option to wear over the implant sites. Your diet will need to be fairly soft during this time, so it’s important to schedule this procedure when it works best with your schedule.
It’s important both before and after surgery to care for your body with terrific nutrition, regular exercise and other activities that will enable you to build strong tissues and bones. One of the greatest risks to your teeth (and overall health) is smoking. Smoking may impact your ability to accept and grown bone around your implants.
How Will I Know If I’m A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?
Dental implants require surgery and the ability to heal effectively. Depending on your current physical condition, we will evaluate your ability to tolerate the surgical procedure and to grow strong bone around your implants. Additionally, some patients require a small bone graft to guarantee the implant will heal properly.
Boynton Laser Dental can also aid in your healing process by boosting bone growth with Leukocyte rich platelet rich fibrin, or L-PRF. This material is extracted from your blood during your surgery. The use of L-PRF removes the risk of tissue rejection and increases your ability to heal successfully.
What Are The Risks?
Surgery always includes a risk. However, patients at Boynton Laser Dental are in the hands of a dental team that has been working on dental implants since 1985. As technology has improved and efficiencies have increased, the Boynton team has built up their skill-set and know-how. They have also improved their equipment and will care for you with the most advanced surgical tools available.
Because this surgery is in your mouth, your tissues will heal extremely fast. That being said, the risk of infection is always present. You will probably experience some swelling and bleeding from the surgical site. There will probably also be some pain. If, after your surgery, you notice extreme swelling, fever or chronic pain, you will need to contact your physician immediately for an infection examination and additional medications.
What Forms Of Prosthesis Can I Get?
Depending on how many teeth you have lost, your prosthesis design may include only one tooth, several, or a full top and bottom. Your new tooth or teeth will either be fixed or removable.
Fixed: Fixed artificial teeth are permanently bonded or screwed onto the individual titanium jaw post. Because this jaw post is quite strong, several teeth can be attached to one implant.
Removable: Removable teeth attached to dental implants function similarly to dentures. Instead of being adhered to your gum tissue by a fixative, they snap into place by rounded tops attached to the posts on your dental implants. This makes them easy to remove for cleaning and repair.
Why Get Dental Implants?
Dental implants have many benefits that dentures and crowns simply can’t provide. They don’t slide like dentures can, impacting speech and your ability to eat. They’re more durable than standard dentures and less likely to cause discomfort by moving across gum tissue. Finally, they give you back a worry-free smile.