Immediate Dental Implants
Brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings and exams are all integral components of maintaining a healthy mouth. However, even if you are vigilant in your oral care routine, accidents may still happen. An accident can cause your tooth to fall out, or it can cause damage that is beyond repair and therefore needs an extraction. If you have lost teeth or needed to have teeth extracted, it is important to replace those teeth as soon as possible. Pacific Maxillofacial Center can help with immediate dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a modern surgical procedure for tooth replacement, providing an alternative to bridges and dentures. This particular treatment is unlike any other treatment for tooth loss. It uses small titanium posts that are inserted directly into the jawbone via a surgical procedure. The posts gradually integrate into the jaw through a process known as osseointegration. This is the process in which your bone fuses to the posts, essentially turning them into replacement roots that are then used to support the ceramic crowns that replace your missing teeth. Once you have completely healed from surgery and your permanent crowns have been secured in place, you regain your abilities to bite, chew and speak. You also regain your beautiful smile and your confidence.
Implants After a Dental Emergency
For many patients, dental implants are a planned procedure after the hopeless teeth have been extracted and the extraction sites are completely healed. You undergo a comprehensive consultation, during which time we closely examine your mouth and take x-rays. This consultation is done to determine your candidacy as well as determine optimal implant placement to provide you with the best results. After the consultation, you are scheduled for surgery.
In some cases, however, we can provide dental implants right away. First, compromised teeth that are still in your mouth are extracted. Next, incisions are made in your gums and small holes drilled into the bone. The posts are implanted, and the gums stitched closed around them. As you heal, the bone fuses to the posts. Once you have completely healed, we then begin the process of creating and placing your permanent crowns.
Immediate Dental Implant Benefits
Immediate dental implants offer several benefits. Most of these benefits are the same benefits that you get from any other type of dental implant. They look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. They are comfortable, with your teeth supported by the posts rather than your gums or adjacent teeth. They also help to maintain the health and strength of your jawbone. One of the biggest benefits of immediate dental implants, however, is that they minimize the amount of bone loss, or completely avoid the bone loss you might experience after the teeth have been lost or extracted altogether. Patients also appreciate getting 2 procedures (extraction and implant placement) done in one appointment, thereby saving them treatment time and reducing the number of appointments.
If you have a failing tooth and are interested in an implant to replace it, getting treatment right away is crucial. Call Pacific Maxillofacial Center to learn more about immediate dental implants and schedule your appointment today at 808-585-8455.