Necessary Steps for Preparing Your Mouth for Dental Implants

More than three million people in the United States have dental implants and that number increases by half a million each year. The reason for the popularity of dental implants is simple: They offer the best solution for missing teeth, in both form and function.

At our Houston practice, Dr. Kerry M. Bloom offers dental implants to our patients, allowing them to speak and chew with ease knowing that their replacement teeth are firmly in place, right down to their titanium roots.

If you’d like to replace your missing tooth with a dental implant, here’s a look at some of the steps we need to take to get you ready.

Out with the old

There are many reasons why people turn to dental implants, chief among them:

Whatever your reason, there are a few steps we need to take to prepare for your new implant, and the first is making sure that all of your old tooth is removed. The teeth you brush every day are only a part of your overall dental structure, as your teeth are anchored by roots that go deep into your jawbone. When one of your teeth is compromised and you want to replace it with a dental implant, we need to go in and remove all of your tooth, including these internal structures, in order to clear the way forward for your new implant.

To do this, we give you a local anesthetic for your comfort, and we remove any remnants of your tooth that may not be visible to the naked eye. Once we’re sure the entire tooth is removed, and there’s no lingering infection, your mouth is ready to receive the implant.

A strong foundation

If you have tooth decay that’s caused bone loss, we need to ensure that your jawbone is strong enough to receive your new dental implant. In some cases, we may have to go in and shore up the bone in your jaw with a bone graft. The procedure is fairly simple, but you will need to wait for several months before we place the implant to allow your body to integrate the new bone.

Placing the post

When your jawbone is ready, we can move on to the next step in the dental implant process — placing the titanium post into your jawbone. This post, for all intents and purposes, will act as the “root” for your replacement tooth, which is what makes dental implants rise above the other replacement options. Rather than securing your prosthetic to neighboring teeth, we create a new tooth that anchors itself into your jawbone for superior stability.

After we place the post during an in-office procedure, it takes some time for your body to anchor the post into place by growing bone up and around it. This integration into your jawbone means that your body considers the implant as one of its own and sends in the necessary resources to ensure that the area is actively rebuilding the bone.

In most cases, you need to wait between three and six months for your body to secure the post into place with new bone growth. Rest assured, we provide you with a temporary prosthetic device that allow you to smile, chew, and talk while your body goes to work in your jawbone.

A crowning moment

Once your titanium post is fully integrated into your jawbone, your patience is rewarded when you come in for your final visit, and we place the permanent crown over your post, creating a seamless line of teeth.

If you’d like to get started on your dental implant, please give us a call or use the online scheduling tool on this website to set up an appointment.

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