How Dental Implants Work?
The dental implant is actually a replacement for the ROOT of a tooth that is missing. The implant itself is like a small titanium screw that is anchored into the jawbone, and the surrounding bone actually grows right up to the implant creating a super tight bond. At first this might seem like a major ordeal, but implant placement is usually performed with local anesthetic (lidocaine) leaving the patient awake and aware throughout the procedure. If that seems like ‘too much’ for you, or you are concerned about the ‘noise” or discomfort, we are well equipped to provide sedation in one of several forms, either nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation or IV sedation.
Because of the nature of implants, there is a healing period following placement in which the unloaded implant becomes attached to the bone as grows to the surface of the implant, this process is called “integration”. Once the implant becomes integrated or ‘one with the bone’ it is ready to be used and fortunately there are many different ways implants can be use to help provide dental solutions.