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Dental Implants Q & A
What are dental implants?
Dental implant surgery is a procedure where Dr. Harouni implants durable titanium posts into your jawbone. These posts fuse with your natural jawbone to create a base for an artificial tooth.
Dental implants are a permanent solution to replace missing teeth and are designed to provide you with long-term results.
Why should I consider dental implants?
Dr. Harouni may recommend dental implants if you have issues with chewing or speaking due to missing teeth. Dental implants may be a good solution for replacing missing teeth due to injury, disease, or genetic issues that prevent teeth from forming.
You may also consider dental implants if you’re dissatisfied with your appearance or if you have dentures that cause you pain or other discomfort.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
To determine if dental implants are right for you, Dr. Harouni assesses your overall oral health to ensure your jawbone is healthy enough to support the post. In some cases, he can supplement your existing jawbone with a graft to better support the implant.
If the position of your sinuses leaves little room for an implant in your upper jaw, Dr. Harouni can also perform sinus lift surgery. This procedure raises the floor of your sinuses to create enough space for implants.
To ensure you’re healthy enough for surgery, Dr. Harouni reviews your medical history. He may request dental X-rays during your initial consultation to create a custom treatment plan in conjunction with your general dentist.
What happens during dental implant surgery?
Dr. Harouni completes dental implant surgery is two phases. First, he schedules surgery to implant the titanium posts. During surgery, he uses IV sedation to keep you comfortable as he implants the posts into your jawbone.
Following the implant surgery, you must allow time for your jawbone to heal and fuse to the new posts. This healing time ensures your jaw is healthy and strong enough to support your artificial tooth.
After 4-6 months of healing, Dr. Harouni brings you back in expose the implant and place a healing cap on it. The next step is for your general dentist to attach the artificial tooth. This tooth is crafted at a dental laboratory to closely match the color and shape of your natural teeth.
How do I care for dental implants?
While the artificial tooth of the implant is resistant to disease and decay, it’s essential that you continue to care for your teeth properly.
You care for your implants as if they were your natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing of your implant prevent bacterial and food debris from causing gum disease and other dental complications.
To ensure good oral health, routine dental examinations and cleanings are also important.
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