You have lost a tooth. There were the repeated fillings, a root canal procedure and crown. Finally, the tooth failed and had to be extracted. Your dentist in Salisbury, Dr. Efthimios E. Koveos, says you are a good candidate for a dental implant. Of course, you have questions and want to know all about this modern tooth replacement. Here are the basic facts about dental implants in Salisbury and how they could complete your smile.
The Dental Implant
Developed decades ago and becoming increasingly popular over the past several years, the dental implant is a completely artificial tooth made up of three parts:
- A titanium metal screw surgically inserted into the patient’s jaw bone
- A metal alloy extension post
- A porcelain crown
Because the artificial root resides in the jaw and actually bonds to it through a process called osseointegration, the dental implant is secure and stable. In fact, osseointegration practically guarantees the implant’s long-term retention as the person’s jaw is strengthened each time he bites or chews on the new tooth.
The Implant Procedure
To determine if an individual can receive a dental implant, Dr. Koveos performs an oral examination to ensure oral health and sufficient bone density and size to accept the implant device. The patient should be in good systemic health, too. Preferably, the individual is a non-smoker because cigarettes degrade implant sites with a destructive condition called peri-implantitis.
If all is well, Dr. Koveos will perform the entire implant treatment right at Salisbury Dental Care. It starts with local anesthetic (a pain shot) to numb the area. Then, he incises the gums and makes a small hole in the jaw bone. He inserts the titanium screw and closes the site with sutures.
After several weeks of healing, the patient returns to the office for placement of the metal extension post and customized porcelain crown.
When the patient goes home, he simply brushes and flosses his dental implant daily just like a natural tooth. Then, the patient returns to Salisbury Dental Care for routine cleanings and examinations every six months.
Dental Implants are Versatile
Another benefit of these innovative tooth replacements is versatility. Dr. Koveos may use dental implants to replace one, two or more teeth singly or with fixed bridgework or partial or full dentures. He even offers slender mini-implants, for patients with thin bone, to replace front teeth or to anchor dentures. Precise Cone Beam 3D imaging guides placement of multiple implants, maximizing their success.
Don’t live with the embarrassment of missing teeth. You could optimize your smile aesthetics, oral function and dental health with today’s best tooth replacement option–the dental implant. Why not contact Dr. Koveos at Salisbury Dental Care? He’ll be happy to meet with you to discuss your situation and offer the options that are best for your smile.