Did you know that millions of Americans are missing teeth due to injury or gum disease? Dental implant surgery is recommended by dentists as a permanent solution to replace tooth roots and restore the tooth’s cosmetic appearance with a crown, veneer, or bridge. Dental implants are metal, screw-like posts that fuse with the bone and gum tissue to root an artificial tooth. Read on to learn what you can expect from dental implant surgery.
The first step in your dental implant procedure involves an in-depth consultation with your dentist. During this time, your dentist will suggest either local anesthesia or another form of sedation, depending on your preference. During the first stage, your dentist will surgically bury the implant flush with the bone and underneath the gum. Your dental implant will then remain in your mouth permanently.
When the implant has been placed, it usually requires some time to heal. While some dentists place the abutment at the same time as the implant, your dentist may suggest a healing time to ensure that the implant has properly healed. During this time, you will be given specific instructions on how to provide optimal oral care.
The last step in the implant procedure involves placing the abutment on the dental implant’s metal post. In consultation with your cosmetic dentist, you will select an artificial tooth such as a crown. After attaching the abutment, your dentist will ensure that the gum tissue has properly closed around the abutment. In one to two weeks, the artificial tooth will be attached to restore your smile’s cosmetic appearance.
For a highly qualified implant dentist in Baltimore, look no further than The Smile Design Center. Our general dentists can guide you through the implant procedure, and we offer sedation to ensure that your dental implant surgery is as comfortable as possible. Our cosmetic dentists can also advise you of your options for artificial teeth that look and function just like your real teeth. For more information, call us at (443) 275-9821 today.