When dental implants first appeared on the oral healthcare scene, over two decades ago, they were primarily used to restore a single missing tooth. As dental implant technology has continued to improve, dental implants have come to be used in other advanced applications. One of the new restoration options involves using dental implants to create anchor points to secure your removable dentures.
The initial consultation involves Dr. Leila Ebrahimpoor performing a thorough examination of your mouth and the jaw structure where the tooth is missing. This usually involves taking a series X-rays. If you have insufficient bone structure for mounting dental implants in the key locations, Dr. Leila Ebrahimpoor might recommend that you receive a bone graft procedure in advance.
The implant procedure is often requiring deep sedation. This means you will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you and help you out at home for a little while as you get back on your feet.
During the implant procedure, four to six small incisions made in the gums to access the bone. A narrow channel is drilled into the bone for each. Then a titanium abutment is seated into each channel. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse to your jaw bone in a process known as osseointegration to create a very strong anchor.
Once your gums have healed and the implant has fused to the bone, Dr. Leila Ebrahimpoor will fit you with a custom set of removable dentures and the corresponding locking hardware.