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What to Expect when Receiving Dental Implants

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The Dental Implant Process

When looking at any sort of medical or dental procedure, it’s always important to understand the procedure as a whole. At PGA Dentistry, we pride ourselves on making the process as transparent as possible, from consultation to the treatment itself.

Your Initial Consultation

Not surprising, the first step should always be to consult with Dr. Jay Ajmo before initiating a procedure. Dental implants are a superb substitute for lost teeth, but it’s true that they may not be best for everyone. By consulting with Dr. Ajmo, we can definitively determine if dental implants are right for you and what the finished product may look like. If you’re missing one or more teeth or are at risk of losing teeth, let Dr. Ajmo examine your oral health and determine your candidacy. He can also assess if you’ll be needing any supplemental procedures before surgery, such as a bone graft or gum graft.

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Titanium Implant Surgery
This first piece is typically shaped like a root shaped cylinder made of titanium. It’s surgically placed into the jaw below the gumline, where it will rest and integrate with the bone in a process known as osseointegration. The cylindrical implant will also serve as the anchor for the abutment and prosthetic tooth to come. It also varies in size, depending on the tooth that is being replaced – for example, a dental implant for a wider molar will be shaped differently than one for a narrower front tooth.
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Placing the Titanium Abutment
The abutment is the section that attaches to the titanium cylinder embedded in the jaw. The purpose of this is to rise above the gumline and keep the replacement tooth or crown secure. The part of the abutment that protrudes above the gumline is shaped to hold the prosthetic crown in place and then the gums are allowed to heal around it.
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Restoring Your Tooth with a Prosthetic Crown
This final piece is the customizable feature of the dental implant. Usually constructed from porcelain, the prosthetic crown tooth can be crafted to match the color, shape and contouring of your neighboring teeth, so that it blends in with your smile as though it truly belonged.
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Osseointegration and Dental Implants
One reason that dental implants have succeeded so well is the process of osseointegration. This fusion process entails the implant bonding to the jawbone after being embedded. While the bone will recognize the implant as a foreign object, it does not reject it and instead wraps around it, accepting it as a viable replacement root of a tooth. This encourages the bone to regenerate, effectively healing the area and strengthening the bone to a considerable degree. This will prevent the bone from collapsing, which can be typical after the loss of a tooth. It can also assist in healing the area from tooth decay, if bone tissue has been lost due to the disease.

Post-Operative Care

There are periods of healing between each dental implant piece, especially between the first titanium implant and the abutment. This period is critical for the process of osseointegration, so it’s important not to disturb the implant too much during this time. During general healing, it’s normal for minor bleeding and swelling to occur. Should the bleeding continue past 24 hours, contact us for further instructions. To counteract the swelling, apply an ice pack to the area on the outside of the cheek. As far as antibiotics and pain medication, please refer to any instructions that we provided during post-operative follow up. If you have any questions about steps you should take or any complications that arise, contact us right away.

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Dental Check-ups Keep Your Smile Healthy

There is a distinct relationship between oral health and overall health. Certain oral health disorders can increase your risk of systemic illnesses, while some chronic health conditions may increase your risk for oral disease. In some cases, the relationship is cyclical. For example, diabetics are more susceptible to gum disease, and gum disease can be a factor in developing diabetes. Scheduling preventative dental care visits with our team can lead to early diagnosis of a host of oral and general health issues, giving you an opportunity for early intervention and improved overall health. At PGA Dentistry you can look forward to us helping you stay healthy by conducting your in-depth dental check-up at our luxurious Palm Beach Gardens dental practice

Our Commitment to Your Health

In addition to providing exceptional cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, and comprehensive dental implant services, our practice focuses a great deal of attention on helping patients enjoy optimal oral health.

If we identify oral health issues during your check-up, we will work closely with you to help you understand your condition, and what steps you can take to prevent it from becoming worse. We provide our patients with a special mouth rinse that neutralizes bacteria, thus minimizing the number of oral bacteria entering the bloodstream after a dental cleaning. We can also help you refine your brushing and flossing techniques, recommend the best oral healthcare products for your needs, and offer nutrition advice to promote optimal oral health throughout your lifetime. If treatment is required, we will consult with you, and together you and Dr. Ajmo can create a practical treatment plan to maximize your oral health, while supporting good overall health.

During a regular dental check-up at the PGA Dentistry, we look for:

  • Signs of dental caries, such as demineralized tooth enamel and decay
  • Signs of gum disease, including deep periodontal pockets, and gums that bleed easily or are red, tender, and swollen
  • Soft tissue abnormalities that could indicate several oral health problems, including viral infections (cold sores) or oral cancer
  • Dysfunction in the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), often contributing to symptoms such as pain in the face, jaw, neck, or shoulders

Any Questions? Give Us A Call Before You Come In.

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