Dental implants can replace missing teeth and secure dentures.
What are dental implants?
Who can get dental implants?
Why are dental implants so successful?
Why use dental implants.
How are dental implants placed at Smart Smile Dentistry in Gainesville?
Placement of dental implants requires thorough attention towards anatomical details and aesthetics. Two types of dental implants are offered at Smart Smile Dentistry, depending upon the time at which the implant is loaded with a suitable prosthesis:
- Delayed loading of dental implants – conventionally, loading of dental implants with a prosthesis was performed after the implant has completely integrated itself within the jaw bone. This meant that the patient had to wait for a few weeks or months before complete healing had taken place.
- Immediate loading of dental implants – nowadays, it is also possible to place a prosthesis over a dental implant immediately after it has been screwed into the jaw bone. This prevents patients from waiting weeks before they can start eating and speaking normally with their dental implants.
Here is an outline of various steps that are involved in the placement of dental implants at Smart Smile Dentistry in Gainesville, FL:
- Consultation and evaluation – the first step in implant dentistry is to carefully evaluate each patient. Dr. Samant will perform a detailed clinical examination and have a thorough look at your medical and dental records. All this is done to make sure that you are a suitable candidate for getting implants.
- The surgical procedure – we will start the procedure by making an incision onto the soft tissues overlying the jaw bone, to raise a surgical flap where the implant needs to be placed. Next, a hole will be drilled into the bone that is slightly narrower than the thickness of the implant. The implant will be carefully inserted into the bone while using precise forces.
- Implant loading – a healing cap is then placed over the implant in case conventional implant loading has been planned. The healing cap is removed once healing has taken place. Otherwise, a prosthesis that had already been prepared is placed over the implant and the patient is discharged.