The procedure – from diagnosis to aftercare
Diagnosis and decision-making
X-ray images and CT scans are taken by Dr. Taline Aghajanian. After gathering the information, the possible treatment options are assessed. The advantages and disadvantages of the various solutions are openly discussed so that you are well-informed on every aspect of the procedure before making a decision.
Sufficient bone: an essential prerequisite. Sufficient bone must be present in order for implantation to go ahead. There are patients who have insufficient bone and require augmentation, for example if a tooth has been missing for a long time and the jaw has already receded.
Insertion of the implant
Dental implants are fused to the bone and offer more stability than traditional bridges and dentures. During the procedure, the implant will be surgically inserted under local anesthesia into the jaw to replace the tooth root.
The healing phase usually lasts between a couple of weeks and a few months.During this period, ideally, the bone around the implant grows and integrates with the implant surface – a process called osseointegration. Good oral hygiene is vital in the healing stage of the treatment. Once healed, this artificial root acts as a base for fixing individual crowns, multi-tooth bridges, or an entire dental prosthesis. While the implant heals, your periodontist will place a temporary crown until your beautiful, brand-new custom implant is ready for permanent placement.
The restoration is put in place
The dental laboratory uses an impression of the implant site to produce the crown, bridge or denture. The dentist will place the restoration after the dental implant has healed.
Many patients sense greater security with artificial teeth than other procedures because they are secured into the jaw. In order to qualify for this procedure, you must have a set of healthy gums and enough bone to support the dental implant.
Learn more about endosseous implants from WebMD.com.
Bone Grafting – Bone grafting is a specialized periodontal procedure to reestablish lost jawbone tissue in preparation for sinus augmentation, socket preservation, ridge augmentation, or regeneration.
Implants are an excellent option and investment in your health. With the right aftercare, they can last for a lifetime. For such a long-term success, taking care of your implant is important. As with natural teeth, implants require the same regular check-ups and conscientious oral hygiene. Once you follow these guidelines, your implants can be maintained for decades.
* For full-arch restorations, different treatment concepts are available. Please consult with Dr. Taline Aghajanian for more information.
Dental implants can improve your oral health and more importantly, enhance your level of happiness. Who doesn’t want to eat the foods they love and proudly show off their smile? If you are interested in learning how cosmetic dentistry and dental implants can improve your smile, please contact our Katy Texas office today and speak with a dentist about your cosmetic options!