Dental implants are titanium metal cylinders that replace tooth roots. They are placed into the jaw bones where bone grows into them and locks them in place. Dental implants are used very effectively to replace missing teeth. Dental implants may comfortably and permanently replace one or more teeth, and are regarded by many as one of the most important advances in dentistry in the last 50 years. Ocala Oral Surgery plans and places dental implants used to replace missing teeth. Our training in the placement of implants includes proper diagnosis, treatment, site preparation, (including the reconstruction of bone and soft tissues), and maintenance.
The procedure – from diagnosis to aftercare
Insertion of the implant
The dental implant is surgically inserted under local anesthesia and in some cases under IV conscious sedation. A temporary restoration may be placed on the implant at time of surgery for the healing stage.
The healing phase usually lasts between a couple of weeks and a few months. During this period, ideally, the bone around the implant grows and integrates with the implant surface – a process called osseointegration. Good oral hygiene is vital in the healing stage of the treatment. Once healed, this artificial root acts as a base for fixing individual crowns, multi-tooth bridges, or an entire dental prosthesis.
The restoration is put in place
The dental laboratory uses an impression of the implant site to produce the crown, bridge or denture. The dentist will place the restoration after the dental implant has healed.