Inserting Dental Implant
Dental implants are root replacements inserted directly into the jawbone to which a life-like, artificial crown is secured. Most dental implants are made of titanium. Once an implant is placed, within a few months bone will grow and integrate with the implant. Implants can also be used to support bridges (replacement of 3-4 missing teeth) or dentures. Pre-planning can help minimize discomfort during and after the implantation procedure. Dr. Tanquilut first conducts a radiographic examination of the site with x-rays or CT imaging; this enables him to assess the site’s bone quality and quantity. He can also create a surgical guide from the imaging to pinpoint the precise location for an implant to ensure a successful outcome.
Prior to the Dental Implant Procedure
Prior to the procedure, he numbs the area with a local anesthesia. He then prepares the tissue and bone for the specific size of implant he will place. When the site preparation is complete, the implant is removed from its sterile packaging and immediately inserted into the prepared site. Positioning of the implant is then confirmed with x-rays.