Dental Implant Surgery
At Implant & Periodontal Associates NW in Richland, we believe that patient education is key to a successful experience. The following information is designed to help you better understand the dental implant
surgery, one of our specialties. If you have any question or concerns about dental implant
surgery, be sure to voice them during your consultation appointment.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small screw, usually made of titanium, which mimics the root component of a tooth. The screw will be embedded into your jawbone during minor surgery.
Am I a Dental Implant Candidate?
Nearly 98% of all dental implants are successful, but before you can get dental implants, we must ensure you are a suitable candidate. Most people in good oral and overall health will qualify for treatment. If you suffer from heart disease, pulmonary disease, and other systemic illnesses, you may not qualify for implants. These diseases weaken the immune system and increase your risk for implant failure. Patients who smoke or use tobacco products are also at risk for implant failure.
The Dental Implant Surgery Process
||Jawbone Preparation: If you have experienced bone deterioration due to tooth loss, you may need to undergo a supplement procedure, known as a bone augmentation or graft. During a bone graft, we apply grafting material to a deteriorated area, in hopes of fostering new bone growth. A strong and healthy jawbone is vital to the success of your implant. Bone that is too soft or thin will not be able to fully support an implant screw.
||Implant Placement: The implant process is generally broken down into two surgeries, and several appointments. During the implant placement, we will make a small incision in the gum tissue to expose your jawbone. Next, we will drill a small hole into the bone to ensure the implant can be deeply embedded. Once the implant is in place, we will suture the incision.
||Fusing & Healing: The healing process will take place over the next six to nine months. During this time, the implant and your bone will fuse together through the process of osseointegration. Osseointegration is largely responsible for the many benefits of dental implants. It is also the reason you must have strong bone before proceeding with treatment.
||Abutment & Restoration: Once osseointegration is complete, we can attach the abutment during second minor surgery. The abutment is the support structure that links the top of the implant screw to your restoration. After the abutment is in place, we will take an impression of the area, and use it to fabricate your final restoration.
The Types of Dental Implant Restorations
||Implant-Supported Crown: If you are missing a single tooth, an implant can be used to support a porcelain or zirconia crown.
||Implant-Supported Bridge: If are missing more than one tooth, we may recommend an implant-supported bridge. Typically, an implant will be placed for each missing tooth. If this cannot be done, we may suspend a pontic between two implants.
||Implant-Supported Denture: If you are missing all or most of your teeth, we may recommend an implant-supported denture or overdentures. These restorations are far superior to their removable counterparts.
Dental Implant Restoration Materials
Most restorations will be fabricated using porcelain or zirconia. These ceramic compounds best mimic the appearance of natural enamel. After they are polished, they even possess the same light-reflective properties.
Caring for Your Dental Implants
A dental implant can be cleaned and maintained with regular brushing and flossing. Unlike other restorations, you will not have to worry about special cleaning techniques or tools. Most implants will last for several decades. With the proper care, you may even find your implant lasts a lifetime!
Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation
If you are interested in dental implant treatment, call 509-940-0025 to schedule your consultation now.