Many factors determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants, including your age, health history, and jawbone strength. Before committing to the procedure, we strongly suggest a dental/radiographic examination to assess your oral health. This exam will be performed by either Dr. Camille or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon we refer you to.
Dental implant surgery is lengthy since several months of healing time are required between each stage. You will be able to wear temporary dentures during the process.
- Some patients require a preliminary bone graft if their jawbone is weak enough to support an implant. Bone is transplanted from another part of your body to shore up the jawbone. Several months are often necessary for new bone to grow.
- Next, the implant is placed within your gums, directly connecting with the jawbone. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia. Again, it will take time for the implant and bone to fuse correctly.
- The abutment or support post is placed. Sometimes, this can be done simultaneously with the first implant procedure.
- Finally, the artificial tooth is attached to the abutment. The tooth is carefully crafted to blend with the rest of your teeth and can be either removable or fixed.
Though dental implant surgery involves a process, it leaves you with a robust and new set of fully functional teeth. Call today to explore dental implants and determine if they’re a good option. The Dentist at Framingham staff will be more than happy to answer your questions.