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How to place dental implants

Dental implant surgery usually begins with the placement of the implant itself. Dental implants are the posts that will support the replacement teeth a doctor will place, once the healing process is complete. Because the implant serves as a replacement root, the placement of the implant is the most important part of DFW dental implant surgery.

Placing the Dental Implant

Dental implants are specially designed screws that interact with the bone. Special properties of titanium allow it to bond strongly to bone, so that after an implant has healed, it interacts with the jawbone in very much the same way as a natural tooth root.

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Your dentist will make a small incision through the gum in order to start the procedure towards placing an implant. An implant dentist in Irving, TX determines the exact placement based on where the lost tooth is positioned and how a replacement tooth will best complement your bite. After the implant is placed, a healing interval is necessary before the prosthetic teeth can be added. Typically, this healing period lasts from three to six months. During this time, the implant bonds to the jawbone, providing a strong, permanent foundation for your new teeth.

Bone Loss and Dental Implants

There are times when the jaw bone is not sufficient to support dental implants. In these cases, a bone grafting surgery is recommended. This is particularly common in patients who have worn dentures for a significant period of time before having implant surgery. Since dentures rest on top of the bones in the jaw, and do not interact with them, it is common for long time denture wearers to experience some bone loss, particularly in the lower jaw. 

Bone grafts can be taken from other parts of the patient’s body, or, in some cases, cadaver bone tissue is used for the grafts. When bone grafts must be performed before implants are placed, an additional time period is necessary for the bone graft surgery and subsequent healing.

To learn more, contact our Moon Township or Pittsburgh dental implant offices today.