Dental implants have been used for the last twenty years to effectively replace a single missing tooth. If you have lost bone structure in your mouth as a result of severe tooth decay, advanced gum disease, or past extractions, your dentist will probably recommend bone graft surgery. This simple procedure will restore lost bone structure to be able to securely anchor your implants.
The implant procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis, requiring deep sedation. This means you will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you and help you out at home until you’re back on your feet.
During the procedure a periodontist or oral surgeon making a small incision in your gums to access to the bone. Then they create a narrow channel and a titanium abutment is then screwed into place. Titanium is the metal of choice because it is biologically safe and will bond with you’re the bone in your jaw in a process known as osseointegration.
When they are done they will suture the gums closed and cover the abutment with a temporary crown to protect it while your gums heal. In time the abutment will fuse to the bone, your dentist can fit you for a permanent crown.
If you have questions about dental implants, please feel free to call us at 208.524.3400 to schedule an appointment.