Whether you’ve recently lost one or more of your permanent teeth, or you don’t have any of your natural teeth, and you’ve been wearing complete dentures for years, you may be an ideal candidate for dental implants. Implants are custom-made tooth roots that are securely anchored into your jawbone and capped with a porcelain tooth. Restorative expert Dr. Jose (Joey) Cazares and his team provide comprehensive dental implantation services at Joey Cazares, DDS and Associates in McAllen, Texas. To learn more, call the office or book your appointment online today.
Dental implants are custom-created tooth roots that are surgically anchored into your jawbone and made from long-lasting, medical grade titanium.
After an implant has been placed and the surrounding area around has healed completely, it’s fitted with a porcelain crown.
Dental implants are one of the most popular offerings of cosmetic and restorative dentistry because of their strength and long-lasting durability. Because they’re also made to blend in perfectly with your natural teeth, they’re ideal for restoring a natural-looking smile.
Before you can undergo dental implant surgery, it’s important to make sure you’re in good overall health, your gums are healthy, and your jawbone is both strong and large enough to support the implant itself.
To ensure that you do have adequate bone quality and mass for successful implantation, you’ll have a special type of X-ray that creates a 3D image of your teeth, soft tissues, nerves, and bones.
The 3D image also provides essential details about your bone structure that allows Dr. Cazares to decide the type of implant you need, and exactly how it should be placed during surgery.
Dental implant surgery is an in-office procedure that uses local anesthesia. While the surgery itself is performed in one visit, completing the restoration requires a second visit.
Dr. Yakubov begins by anchoring the titanium root into your jawbone. Then, he secures your gum over the implant, leaving it covered, so the implant has ample time to fuse with your bone.
At a later date, once the implant is fully fused to your jawbone and the area has healed, he finishes the restoration by attaching a post to the implant and then affixing a porcelain crown to the post.
How Long Does the Entire Procedure Take?
The time it takes to complete the entire implant restoration process varies, depending on your body’s healing rate and the condition of your jawbone.
For some implant patients, the entire process can take half a year or longer, simply because recovery after the initial implantation surgery is slow. For patients who heal quickly and have good bone quality, however, the process can go more quickly. Dr. Cazares can let you know what you can expect after your initial assessment.
To learn more about how you can benefit from dental implants, call Joey Cazares, DDS and Associates today or make an appointment using the convenient online booking tool.