Dental implant treatment is now the most effective way to restore a missing tooth or teeth. The thought of it, however, frightens a lot of patients but many do not realize that it is usually less traumatic than having a tooth extracted.
Before implant treatment can be undertaken, a thorough examination needs to be carried out by the implantation dentist in Brooklyn. Firstly, the area in which the implants are to be placed needs to be assessed. This includes the height and width of bone, the shape of the gum, and the presence of any structures that need to be avoided.
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This is followed by assessing the mouth in general. Any teeth affected by gum disease or showing signs of decay need to be treated. X-rays will usually be sufficient to show much of this information but occasionally, a CT scan may be necessary.
This is more likely when several implants are being placed and/or there is a reduced amount of bone in the area and x-rays are inconclusive. The surgical phase is carried out under local anesthetic by the implant dentist but sedation can also be used to help anxious patients.
A small incision is made in the gum where the dental implant is to be placed and a small hole is drilled in the jawbone. The dental implant is then inserted into this hole and the gum is either stitched back over the implant or around a healing collar.