Dental implants surgery is a procedure that is performed in stages, and usually on an outpatient basis. The purpose of the surgery is to remove damaged teeth, if any, prepare the area for and then install the abutment in the jaw bone. (The abutment is the piece that links the implant to the crown.) The final stage is the placing of the artificial tooth, which may be fixed or removable.
Jawbone preparation is the initial phase of dental implants surgery. Depending upon the condition of the jawbone, a bone graft may be required prior to implant placement. Should that be the case, an additional step for same is required. This involves either removal of a suitable graft from another bone, your hip, for example, or the use of artificial bone for the graft. Following the graft is a period of healing and then the placement of the implant itself.
Placing the Implant
Once the bone is ready, a hole is drilled deep into the bone, and the implant is placed. This serves as the root of the tooth and so must be placed deeply and solidly into the bone. The next stage of the dental implants surgery is the placement of the abutment.
The abutment is the piece of the implant that links the ‘root’ of the tooth with the crown. Usually, this occurs in an outpatient setting wherein the gum is opened and the abutment is attached to the implant that has already been placed in the bone.
The final stage of dental implants surgery is the placement of the crown on the abutment. As previously discussed, this may be fixed or removable. If removable, then the crown, or crowns if multiple implants are involved, will be set into a metal, bridge-like device that can be removed for cleaning and during sleeping. Permanent installations will be screwed or cemented to the abutments and can typically last for decades.
Dental Implants Surgery Considerations
As you can see, dental implants surgery is a complicated process and requires several separate steps. Obviously, one of your greatest concerns should be utilizing the offices of a professional staff that are dedicated to giving you the absolute best treatment that possible, providing you the best outcome available. Tower Dental in Boca Raton is the leading office in the area and should be your ‘go to’ location for all of your dental implant needs. Call our office for your consultation today.