Facts About Dental Implant Surgery

implantsMany patients are pleasantly surprised that dental implant surgery is not as uncomfortable as they expected. In reality, most patients experience almost no pain during the surgery and minimal discomfort later which is easily relieved by ibuprofen.

Dental implants replace the root of the tooth when it is inserted into the jawbone. Once healed, a natural looking tooth is attached to the implant. The implant provides the strength of a regular tooth system. The most common dental implants are made of pure titanium which fuses directly to bone. This process is referred to as osseointegration which simply means that the implant has fused with the bone. The implant’s screw shape makes some patients uncomfortable, but it is actually not painful at all. Click here for Dentist Baton Rouge locations for an appointment.

Once the implant is inserted in the site, x-ray pictures are taken to verify that the implant is positioned correctly before the closure of the gums. Once healing has occurred and the implant has fused to the bone, an artificial tooth can be attached.

Dental implants can be life-changing. Improving your appearance will enhance your self-confidence. Dental implants can correct so many problems and give you a beautiful smile.
Visit Grand Family Dentistry for an appointment to see if dental implants are right for you.

Grand Family Dentistry
5422 Jones Creek Rd
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
(225) 372-7699

What Is A Dental Implant?

implant1A dental implant is a relatively new dental procedure. Dental implants, as we know them today, have been around since 1965!

PI Branemark, a Swedish scientist, was responsible for the first practical application of dental implants by accident. In 1952, Branemark attempted to insert a removable screw to repair bones in the body. Later, when he tried to remove the screw, it was fused to the bone. This was the beginning of many years of research and testing to perfect the procedure.

Dental implants are shaped like roots; they are attached to the jaw bone to support a false tooth and act as an orthodontic anchor. This is accomplished by a fusing process called osseointegration. The screw, made of titanium, fuses to the bone. When the implant is very strong, a dental prosthetic (false tooth) is attached. A significant amount of time is required for the osseointegration process to be complete so that the new tooth can be attached to the implant.