Dental Implant Surgery

Dental Implant Surgery

by Christopher (SU)

A dental implant is the base of a complete replacement tooth, and the implant itself goes all the way into your jawbone. Once the implant has healed into your jawbone and the abutment has been placed atop the implant, the crown can be placed – which is a prosthetic tooth that looks and feels completely natural.

With a dental implant, your dentist surgically places a screw-like device (the implant) into your jawbone to replace the original tooth. You may receive one, several, or a full set of dental implants to replace your teeth.

For many people, dental implants are the ideal tooth-replacement solution that restores your ability to chew and speak normally while also providing you with a great smile. Let’s talk about dental implant surgery and where you can go to find out whether this may be the answer for you.

Who Qualifies for Dental Implants?

If you’re interested in having dental implants, your dentist will thoroughly evaluate your oral health and your overall health. You must have enough jawbone to support the implant, and the bone integrity must be strong enough so that it won’t crack during the surgery. If your bone isn’t able to withstand receiving an implant, talk to your dentist about the possibility of permanent dentures or a bridge instead.

What to Expect from Dental Implant Surgery

This type of surgery is a multi-step process. The first step consists of your dentist removing any severely decayed or damaged teeth or tooth fragments. These areas will then need to heal before you can move on to the next step.

In the meantime while you heal, you’ll have a gap in every location where you’re receiving a dental implant, so you may receive a temporary partial for those areas. This is not only for aesthetic purposes, but also to prevent the existing teeth from shifting toward the gap.

Once your gums and bone are healed, the dentist can insert the implant. You may also have the abutment placed during the surgery or in a separate procedure, depending on what you and your dentist decide.

Once the implant has fully fused into your jawbone, your dentist can place the crown. The crown is a cap that looks similar to your natural tooth.

You will maintain your new implants just like you maintain your natural teeth, through regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Your dentist will check your implants during each regular dental checkup.

Dentist Performing Dental Implants in Eugene, OR

If you are interested in dental implants, dentures, porcelain veneers, Zoom whitening, or any other enhancements for your teeth, come and see our own Dr. Ari Binder here at 360 Dental. Dr. Binder combines knowledge and skill to provide you with the dental solution that is ideal for you and your oral health – and a smile that you can be proud of.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Binder, contact our friendly staff today by calling us at (541) 689-1645 or fill out our appointment request form online now. We look forward to being your family dentist!