Dental Implants after Previous Tooth Extraction
Your teeth perform some essential tasks every single day. In addition to biting and chewing, the teeth aid in proper speech, a beautiful smile, and the health of your jawbone. The teeth are the strongest substance in the body. Despite their strength, they can still face physical damage or decay. When these issues occur, the ideal solution is to restore them, allowing them to remain in your jaw. If the damage is too severe, though, you may require tooth extractions. At Anchorage Dental Associates, we can provide dental implants following tooth extractions to give you back the functions of the teeth, your smile, and your quality of life.
Reasons for a Tooth Extraction
There are many reasons why you might require a tooth extraction. Common reasons include
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a modern solution used to replace missing teeth. They provide a unique alternative to bridges and dentures. Rather than your teeth relying on your gums or your adjacent teeth for support, dental implants use small titanium implants that are surgically placed into your jawbone. Your bone fuses to the posts, turning them into replacement roots. These new roots provide the support for your dental restorations, keeping pressure off of your gums and surrounding teeth.
How are Dental Implants Placed?
Surgery for dental implants begins with a local anesthetic and sedation. The local anesthetic ensures that you do not feel any pain during treatment, while sedation helps you to remain relaxed and comfortable. We create small incisions in your gums to gain access to your gums. Next, We drill holes into your jawbone and place the dental implant posts directly inside. Your gums are then sutured closed around the posts. Temporary teeth are placed on the implant posts, which remain in place until you have fully healed from surgery. Once you have healed, we then take impressions of your mouth to design and create your final dental restorations. Once your new teeth are finished, we secure them into place with small screws.
What if I Do Not Have Enough Bone Mass?
After your teeth have been extracted, you begin to lose bone mass in your jaw. Depending on how long it has been since your teeth have been extracted and when you are receiving dental implants, you may not have enough bone mass in your jaw to successfully support the necessary implant posts. In this case, a bone graft may be required. This process is an additional surgical procedure that involves transplanting bone mass from another area of your body, or from a donor, to the weak areas of your jaw. If you have had an entire arch of teeth extracted, we may also be able to provide you with treatment using All on 4. With this treatment, we can help to avoid the need for a bone graft.
If you have previously undergone a tooth extraction, dental implants can help to restore the functions of those extracted teeth, as well as restore your smile and your quality of life. For more information, and to find out if dental implants are the right solution for you, call Anchorage Dental Associates at (907) 885-3666 today.
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