Emergency Dental Implants
You do your best to keep your mouth healthy. You brush and floss every day, and maintain regular dental visits for cleanings and exams. However, even with this care, accidents can still happen. Accidents that affect your face and mouth can lead to tooth loss or severe damage that requires extraction. When a tooth is lost as a result of a dental injury, it is important to have it replaced right away. Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery can replace missing teeth with emergency dental implants.
Dental Implants for Tooth Loss
Dental implants are a modern alternative to bridges and dentures. This particular treatment involves the use of small titanium posts that are surgically implanted into your jawbone. As you heal from the surgery, your bone begins to gradually fuse to the posts, slowly integrating them into the jaw. Essentially, they become strong, stable roots. Temporary teeth are used until you have fully healed, after which ceramic crowns are created from an impression of your mouth to be secured permanently in place using small screws. Once in place, your new teeth look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth, restoring your ability to eat and speak, and give you back your gorgeous, confident smile.
Getting Dental Implants After a Dental Emergency
Typically, dental implants are a planned procedure. An initial consultation is performed to thoroughly examine your mouth. Digital x-rays are taken that allow us to see the condition of your jawbone and determine optimal implant placement. Once your consultation is complete, and you are determined to be a candidate, you are then scheduled for your surgery.
Dental injuries are not planned. In some cases, facial trauma can result in immediate tooth loss or can cause severely damaged teeth that require immediate extraction. Alternatively, you may have a dental bridge, and your abutment teeth have become compromised. In cases such as these, we do not want to leave you without teeth. Instead, we can provide you with emergency dental implants, providing you with immediate replacement. We first remove compromised teeth. Incisions are then made in the gums and holes are drilled into the jawbone. The posts are placed, and your gums sutured closed. Finally, temporary teeth are placed for use while you heal. Once you have fully healed from surgery, we take impressions that are used to design and create your permanent replacement crowns.
Benefits of Emergency Dental Implants
Emergency dental implants provide all of the same benefits that regular dental implants provide. They look, feel, and function just like your real teeth. They are more comfortable and easier to care for. The titanium posts also function as the roots of your natural teeth and restore the stimulation to your jawbone, ensuring its strength and integrity. The major benefit of getting your dental implants right away following an emergency situation, however, is that the implants prevent any bone loss from occurring in the jaw as a result of tooth loss.
Emergency dental implants can restore the functions of teeth lost as a result of a dental emergency, and prevent any bone loss that would typically follow. For more information, call Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery today at (734) 455-0710.