For over twenty years, dental implants have been a safe and effective means to replace a single lost tooth. The first step of the process involves Dr. Watkins examining your mouth to assess your available jaw structure and overall health of your mouth. If you have struggled with chronic gum disease, or the tooth was deeply fractured or decayed, you might not have sufficient bone structure to mount an implant.
In a situation like this, Dr. Watkins might recommend you have a bone graft procedure to restore the structure of your jaw, before mounting the implant.
The implant procedure usually requires deep sedation. You will need to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home, and offer a little assistance until you are back on your feet.
The dental implant procedure involves an oral surgeon making a small incision in your gums to gain direct access to the bone. They will then make a narrow channel into the bone and screw a titanium abutment into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse to your bone in a process known as osseointegration which creates a very strong anchor.
Your gums will then be sutured closed and a temporary crown is secured over the titanium abutment to protect it while it heals. Once it fuses to the bone, Dr. Watkins can fit the abutment with a permanent crown.
If you have questions about dental implants, please feel free to call W Dental Group at 210-526-0925 located in San Antonio, TX, to schedule an appointment.