East Aurora Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are restorative dental devices for replacing missing teeth in the jaw. They consist of small posts made of titanium or zirconium oxide, abutments and prosthetic teeth that attach to the abutments. The dentist drills these metal posts into the jaw bone. With time, the bone grows into small holes on the surface of the implants, eventually fusing to become part of it via a process called osseointegration.

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The Dental Implant Process

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Consultation and Treatment Plan

Your East Aurora dentist will examine your oral health, articularly the condition of your remaining teeth and gum before deciding on dental implants. It’s worth noting that patients with gum disease may require treatment prior to getting dental implants. If approved for implants, the dentist will create a customized treatment plan that outlines the date of the procedure, the anesthetic to be used, and other crucial details.

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Preparation and Implant Placement

Preparation is necessary for patients with insufficient jaw bone and gum disease. Dentists might graft bone matter into the jawbone and treat the gum disease prior to installing implants. Some patients might need tooth extractions to make room for the implant.

After preparation, the dentist makes an incision, exposing the jawbone. They’ll then drill a small hole into the jawbone and insert the implant. Once firmly in place, the dentist will use suture to close the incision and might place a temporary crown over the implant site.

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Osseointegration and Abutment Placement

Osseointegration occurs during the next several weeks after placing the implant. This is when the bone fuses into the metal implant by growing into small holes on its surface. Osseointegration forms a stable foundation for the tooth. After osseointegration the dentist installs an abutment on top of the dental implant.

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Crown Placement and Follow-Up Care

The dentist will take impressions of your teeth after placing the abutments. These impressions are sent to a lab that fabricates your prosthetic teeth. After two weeks, the teeth will be ready and the dentist wil schedule an appointment to install them. The dentist attaches the prosthetic teeth to the implants, concluding the process. The dentist will give you instructions for taking care of your implants before releasing you.

Types of Dental Implants

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Endosteal Implants

These are the most common types of implants. They consist of metal placeholder posts shaped like screws that the dentist drills directly into your jawbone. Once drilled, the posts take several weeks to fuse with the bone. They’ll then place an abutment and crown on top of the metal posts to replace missing teeth.

Subperiosteal Implants

Unlike endosteal dental implants, subperiosteal implants go under the gums on top of the jawbone. The dentist installs a metal frame, with a post (or posts) attached to it under the gums, on top of the jawbone. The gums heal around the frame securing it in place, before the dentist places a prosthetic tooth on the post.

Zygomatic Implants

Zygomatic implants are implants that dentists drill into your cheekbones, instead of your jawbone. This is a great option for patients with insufficient jaw bone and don’t qualify for grafting.

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What Are Dental Implants Made of?

Dental implants consist of small metal posts mostly made from titanium or zirconium oxide. Abutments are also attached to the posts and prosthetic teeth are later attached to these abutments, replacing your missing teeth.

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Do Dental Implants Hurt?

No, getting dental implants doesn’t hurt. Although the procedure for getting implants is quite invasive, dentists use local anesthetic to numb the nerves. This allows patients to sit through the procedure without feeling a hint of pain.

However it’s common for patients to experience mild pain and discomfort after getting implants. Dentists will prescribe OTC painkillers to help mitigate the pain until recovery.