Dental implants are tiny posts embedded in the jawbone. They provide stable restoration for missing teeth in the form of dentures, bridges, or crowns. In recent years, the popularity of dental implants has soared as more people realize the treatment option's unique advantages. Dental implants provide unsurpassed stability and durability for your prosthetic teeth and great aesthetic benefits, like a fuller face for a younger appearance. Dr. Rene Aviles can perform your dental implants procedure at our Palm City practice. To learn more, reach out to us today and schedule your dental implant consultation.
Preparing for Your Procedure
Creating an individualized treatment plan is an integral step to ensure your satisfaction and long-lasting results. Gathering detailed information to plan your surgery can reduce your healing period and minimize possible side-effects. For these reasons, Dr. Aviles uses the state-of-the-art Planmeca ProMax® 3-D scanner to obtain highly detailed images of your teeth and jawbone structure. With this data, Dr. Aviles can map out surgical plans that are incredibly precise, allowing for minimal trauma to the treatment area, and exacting placement of your implants.
The Day of Your Surgery
Before the surgery begins, you will first be made comfortable with local anesthesia. Although sedation is not necessary, if you are especially anxious, we offer laughing gas and oral medications to help you relax. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Aviles will make a very small incision in your gum tissue, create a tiny hole in the bone, and place the titanium implant. You will then recover in the comfort of your own home. Some patients experience minor swelling and discomfort at the surgical site, which can easily be controlled with over-the-counter medications.
The Healing Period
Over the coming weeks and months your dental implants will fuse with your bone in a process called osseointegration. It can take up to six months for the implants to form a solid base for your artificial teeth. During this period, your dentist can fit you with temporary restorations, so that you do not have to worry about gaps in your smile that compromise your eating habits or your confidence.
Restoring Your Implants
Once osseointegration is complete, you are ready to have your abutments placed and your dental implants restored. To place the abutments, the gum tissue around the implant will be reopened. The abutment will then be attached to the implant, and the gum closed around the post. After your gums heal over the next two weeks, you will return to have your restorations attached. Restoring your implants is a relatively straightforward process – you will come in for your final fitting, and the dentist will ensure that your prosthetic teeth fit comfortably. Once they are attached, you can walk out of our office with a fully functional, gorgeous smile.
Schedule a Consultation with Us Today
During your dental implant consultation we can answer any questions you have about the procedure and evaluate your candidacy. If you are ready to learn whether implant-supported restorations are right for you, contact us today.