Many people have a missing tooth that makes them embarrassed of their smile. People don’t have a high amount of confidence or self-esteem because they believe others are focusing on the gap in their smile left by the missing tooth. While there are several options for filling the gap, many people are reluctant to go with a dental implant. An implant is a permanent replacement for a missing tooth. It is rooted firmly in the jaw bone by a titanium screw with the cosmetic, porcelain cap on top.
How exactly is an implant applied?
There are many reasons someone might require dental implants. Sometimes, people suffer a traumatic injury to the mouth and have a tooth knocked out. This commonly occurs when people play hockey. If the tooth gets knocked out, an implant is needed. Unfortunately, other times people have a serious infection that damages the gum tissue or kills several teeth. This can require several implants to correct, but these dental implants can still get the job done. Other times, even children are born missing one or more of their adult teeth. It can take time to fix, but even children can receive a dental implant to replace the congenitally missing tooth.
When children require an implant, it is vital to wait for the mouth to stop growing prior to inserting the implant. if the implant is placed prior to the mouth finishing its growth, the implant will shift as the mouth changes and wind up off-center. This will require substantial surgery to fix because the implant is rooted by a firm titanium screw. Instead, children spend their childhood lining up the native teeth in a way that leaves a gap large enough to fit the implant when the mouth finishes growing. Children have braces to shift the teeth in the mouth to make this gap. Once the gap is in place, the braces are removed and the child wears a retainer with a tooth attached or has a Carolina bridge to maintain the space until growth is finished.
When it is time for the implant, the patient arrives for surgery and receives either general or local anesthesia. An incision is made in the middle in the gum tissue where the implant will be placed. The surgeon drills a hole in the exposed jaw bone and the titanium screw is placed. Once the screw is in place, the porcelain cap is screwed on top. The cap is selected to match the shade of the native teeth to ensure it looks like the native teeth. Finally, the gum tissue is removed from the roof of the mouth and grafted over the implant and the jaw bone to accelerate the healing process and protect the implant as it roots into the bone.
For those in need of a Plano dentist for implant needs, consider contacting Dr. George A. Smith in Plano, TX. Dr. Smith brings a wealth of experience to every patient case. Contact Dr. Smith today to schedule an appointment.