For years, you’ve been suffering from missing teeth, which has translated into lost function and confidence. You desperately seek a path to regain the way of life that seems like a far-gone memory now. The most effective type of restoration that you’ve learned about is the procedure to insert dental implants in Yuba City, but you’re confused by the associated terminology. You wonder, “Can these words be simplified?” Your local dentist says, “Yes they can!”
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are surgically inserted posts that are made from titanium, a biocompatible material. The latter term simply means that the human body recognizes the material as being familiar enough to not treat it as an infection or foreign object. Thus, your natural bone structure will fuse with the titanium over time.
This helps to establish a firm foundation, as your new implant will act as the root, which is the lower portion of your tooth that embeds into the jawbone, anchoring the structure.
Before the implant is placed, though, your dentist will deliver either local or general anesthesia. They are defined as follows:
- Local Anesthesia – Local anesthesia is a numbing medication applied directly to the area where the work will be done.
- General Anesthesia – General anesthesia is a more powerful form of inhibiting your nervous system (to prevent pain) that may leave you completely unconscious during the procedure, with no memory of what happened.
Placement of the Permanent Fixture
After your implant is placed and your jaw has healed, the final step is to place your permanent fixture – the crafted material that will act as your tooth or teeth.
Here are the options that your dentist in Yuba City offers:
- Crown – The crown is made from ceramic and is the portion of your replaced tooth that appears above the gum line. In cases where you have received a single implant, this is the method used.
- Abutment – The abutment is simply an anchor. In the case of a single dental implant, it serves as an attachment that anchors the new crown to the implant. If you receive a bridge, there may be more than one abutment used.
- Bridge – The bridge is used in cases where there are consecutive missing ivories and is made of several ceramic teeth affixed as a set.
- Implant-retained denture – Implant-retained dentures are used in cases where an entire row or full set of teeth are gone. Unlike traditional dentures that use an adhesive to hold them in place, this alternative will attach to your implants using a bar or snaps, providing for a more secure set of teeth and better function.
This covers the different terms that you may encounter with the dental implant procedure. Now that you are more aware, you don’t have to feel intimidated by the process and can go about restoring the confidence, beautiful smile and full function that you deserve.
To schedule a consultation, reach out to your dentist today!
About the Author
Dr. Ajaipal Sekhon earned his dental degree from University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, Canada. He takes pride in delivering compassionate and expert care to each patient that he meets. Dr. Sekhon practices at Fit Dental and can be reached for more information through his website.