Dental implants first came into use in the oral healthcare industry 30 years ago, they were primarily used to replace a single or multiple teeth that were lost due to advanced tooth decay or loss due to advanced gum disease. Since that time, dental implant technology and techniques have continued to advance. Now they can also be used to anchor a bridge or create anchor points to lock removable dentures into place.
The initial consultation involves Dr. Rafla examining your mouth and taking some X-rays. This gives them a clear understanding of how jaw structure is available and the overall health of your mouth. If gum disease, tooth decay, or past extractions have caused a loss of bone structure, Dr. Rafla might recommend you receive a bone graft in the area to restore enough structure to mount the dental implant.
The dental implant procedure is often performed outpatient basis, during the dental implant procedure, a small incision is made in your gums for each corresponding implant. If you are having a bridge implanted this often requires two separate dental implants. If you have having denture implants, it might require as many as four to six implants depending on your specific need.
A narrow channel is made in the bone for each implant. Then a titanium implant is screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will fuse to your bones to create a very strong anchor.
Later, you will be fitted for a crown, a bridge or other piece of dental work, thus restoring the appearance and full function of your mouth.
If you have questions about dental implants, please feel free to call us at 508.499.3566 to schedule an appointment. We are more than happy to address any questions or concerns you have pertaining to your oral care.