If you’re missing a tooth or teeth, dental implants can restore your oral health back to full functionality. The Harvard-trained team at Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates of Nevada, with locations in Summerlin and on the East Side of Las Vegas, offers the most advanced technology in dental implants with a top-notch safety record and highly successful results. Call or book your appointment online today.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that mimics the function of a natural tooth root. Made of titanium, it serves as the foundation for a crown, bridge, or even a denture.
The implant functions as an original tooth root because it is a screw-like post under the gum that connects to the jaw. After surgery, the post naturally grows into the bone over a period of time. Once the healing process is complete, an abutment goes on top, and your restoration attaches to it. Then, the artificial tooth functions like a natural tooth.
At Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates of Nevada, a professionally trained oral surgeon performs the dental implant procedure, which is considered to be one of the safest and most dependable surgeries in dentistry. It’s also known as one of the strongest and most successful remedies for replacing teeth.
If your gums are in good health and your jaw bone is strong enough to support a dental implant, then you’re a good candidate. If you have weakness in your jaw bone, it’s possible you’ll need a bone graft or a sinus lift before your implant surgery. During the initial consultation, your implant specialist assesses your oral health and discusses the best option to ensure a successful outcome.
The team at Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates of Nevada uses advanced dental implant technology to perform single-stage implants. If you need an extraction, it’s also possible to receive a dental implant the same day. Your specialist discusses what works best for you before performing dental implant surgery.
The first phase of receiving dental implants involves surgery to place the titanium dental implant - that won’t harm living tissue - in your jaw bone. Once the post is in place, a temporary prosthesis adheres to the artificial root for the duration of the healing process, which takes a minimum of six weeks.
Once the bone has healed and grown around the dental implant, the second and final phase is completed, which is removing the temporary prosthesis and replacing it with a permanent restoration securely on top of the post.
If you’ve lost a tooth or several teeth from decay, trauma, or another reason, getting a dental implant has many benefits. They include:
With dental implants, the artificial tooth root and restoration void the possibility of ever experiencing tooth decay. The implant sits comfortably and securely in your mouth, and allows you to talk, smile, and chew with confidence.
The team at Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates of Nevada offers superior care, and treats you like family, too. To schedule an appointment for dental implants, call the office or use the convenient online booking feature.