Implant procedure for tooth replacement customized to Rochester Hills patients’ needs
At John L. Aurelia, DDS, PLLC, the tooth implant procedure in Rochester Hills is unique to each patient; however, there are some general features of the process shared by all patients who benefit from this type of tooth replacement.
After your dentist determines, in consultation with you, that implants are the best way to support your new teeth, the process of filling your gaps won’t be complete until:
- A local anesthetic is administered for your comfort.
- The sites where your implants will be placed are accessed.
- The implants are surgically placed.
- The surgical sites are closed or sutured.
- The implants fuse to the surrounding jawbone in the ensuing weeks.
- Abutment pieces are applied to connect the implants and crowns.
- Your crown is placed on top of the abutment and stabilized thanks to the implant rooted in the jawbone.
Follow-up appointments are scheduled to ensure your new teeth are functioning as they should and to check for bleeding, swelling, unusual redness, and other problems. While artificial teeth don’t decay like natural ones, a progressive inflammation like gum disease can develop around implants. Like periodontitis, peri-implantitis can threaten the integrity of the implant and your beautiful, new teeth.
Some of the biggest differences between the process of your getting an implant and the process that your friend or family member may go through have to do with preparing your jawbone. It’s important to have adequate bone density and mass to support the implant. If you’ve been missing teeth for quite some time, the bone may have atrophied. Before moving forward with the implants process, bone grafting may be necessary. The grafting process doesn’t have to be a time-consuming or involved; it may be done at the same time your implants are placed.
Discover the procedure firsthand. Call (248) 243-6044 to schedule an appointment.