Overview of Implant Placement Charlotte NC
If you have lost an individual tooth or several of your teeth and are looking for a permanent tooth replacement solution, then you might be a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement solution to missing teeth. If you have a healthy jawbone and healthy gums that can support the implant, then you can benefit from this permanent solution to missing teeth. A dental implant ensures the health of your jawbone as it replicates the purpose of a natural tooth root and stimulates the bone, which helps retain the facial structure.
What Are Dental Implants?
A natural tooth is made up of two parts: the root and a crown. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that's securely implanted in your jawbone under your gum. It serves as the foundation on which your artificial tooth is placed.
How Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are made up of alloy and look like a screw that is firmly placed in the jawbone. The living bone tissue grows around the implant to fix it in place. Once the implant is fused in the bone, a process known as osseointegration, it can be used to support an artificial crown.
Dental implant placement includes a surgical procedure. Once the jawbone and gums have healed after the surgical procedure, your dental surgeon will place a replacement tooth.
The Implant Placement Surgery
Prior to the implant surgery, our dental expert will discuss the procedure in detail at your consultation appointment and prescribe you antibiotics to clear any existing infection.
On the day of the procedure, you may receive IV sedation followed by the administration of local anesthetics to numb the area.
The implant placement procedure by a dental expert like Amir Marashi, MD, DDS, FACS can take up to an hour for a single implant. Moreover, in case of multiple implants, the duration of the procedure can increase up to two to three hours. However, the exact duration of the procedure can vary from person to person.
The procedure involves making a small incision in the gum tissue after numbing the region. The incision reveals the jaw bone, after which the dental surgeon creates space in it using a special apparatus. Once there is enough space in the jaw bone, a dental implant is inserted, with its top visible through the gum tissue.
If the jaw bone isn't strong enough, it's best to perform a gum tissue graft, which helps remove a healthy part of the gum tissue and place it around the implant for a more secure implant integration in the oral cavity.
Once the dental implant is inserted in the gums, our dental surgeon will give it a few months (more or less may be needed depending upon your overall and oral health) to integrate it with the jawbone. The process is known as osseointegration and allows the gum tissue to grow around the implant. Moreover, this resting phase also allows your gum tissue to heal and mature.
While your dental implant and jaw bone are healing, our dental expert will attach a temporary bridge or a removable tooth. However, you can also request a non-removable tooth that will be attached to your implant on the procedure day. A temporary tooth partially restores the function of your oral cavity.
Follow-up care is typically required after dental implants to ensure that the oral cavity, particularly the site of the implant, is healing well. It's also the time when our dental surgeon can take an impression of your crown, which will be placed over the implant once it is healed.
Attaching Replacement Teeth To The Implant
Once the dental implant has healed and fully integrated into the jawbone, our dental expert will make the abutments that help attach the replacement crown to the implant. Various types of abutments are available that attach the replacement tooth to the implant; however, customized abutments can also be made.
Your dentist will decide on when to begin this phase depending on the speed of your recovery and your overall health. Typically, the attachment of a replacement tooth to the implant is performed without numbing the oral cavity and is usually performed between one and 12 months following the dental implant procedure.
Dental implant and replacement tooth attachment procedures vary significantly among individuals, and the time it takes to complete the procedure depends on the patient's personal oral health and the speed of recovery. It's, therefore, difficult to estimate the duration and number of follow-up visits that may be needed, as it varies among patients.
Optimal Wait Time Between Tooth Extraction and Dental Implant Placement
A dental implant procedure is usually recommended several months following the tooth extraction. A dental implant may be placed immediately following tooth extraction. However, it can increase the risk of potential problems that can affect the success of the implant. Therefore, a dental implant is usually recommended after some time following a tooth extraction.
However, if a tooth has been missing for quite some time, it can also affect the jaw bone quality, which in turn can affect the success of the dental implant. It is recommended that you seek advice from a dental expert soon after tooth extraction about the best time for a dental implant for you.
Potential Risks and Complications of the Dental Implant Procedure
There are a few risks involved with dental implant procedure, which includes the following:
While there is a very high success rate of dental implant surgery, a few possible complications may occur.
Improper Placement of the Dental Implant
There is a possibility that your dentist made an error while placing the implant. In that case, the patient will have to get the implant removed.
You can avoid this possible complication by choosing an expert oral surgeon at Greater Charlotte Oral and Facial Surgery for dental implant placement in Charlotte.
Dental Implant Failure
The other possible complication is failure of osseointegration. It is possible that the jawbone doesn't heal enough to allow the fusion of the implant. In that case, the dental implant will likely fall out on its own, and you will have to get another implant once your jawbone has healed.
When planning to get dental implants in Charlotte, it is best to opt for a reliable dental facility like Greater Charlotte Oral and Facial Surgery. Amir Marashi, MD, DDS, FACS and our team is trained to deal with all of your dental implant and oral health concerns. Call us today at (980) 332-7990 and schedule an appointment with us.