When you have lost a tooth, whether due to accident, disease or planned tooth extraction in Santa Rosa, CA, the prudent path is to fill the empty spot in a timely manner. For one thing, an unfilled gap can make eating a speaking a challenge. It can cause self-consciousness when you smile. Missing teeth roots affect the health of your jawbone. And an open spot is an invitation for previously straight teeth to slide our of position, and into the empty space. Dental implants, consisting of a post, abutment and crown, are a dependable and often-recommended solution.
What Is An Implant Post?
An implant post (sometimes called a fixture) is the screw-like portion of the implant which is placed securely in the jaw. Implant posts are generally made of titanium, a metal that will physically fuse with jawbone in a process called osseointegration. As the post and jawbone become enmeshed with each other, the implant provides stimulation to the jaw every time the implant post receives pressure. The body then knows to maintain this portion of the jaw, rather than allow it to weaken.
How Does the Post Work?
If you have been recommended for dental implant placement, you will meet with your trusted oral surgeon. The dedicated oral surgery team will assist in taking any needed X-rays and 3D imaging, to pinpoint the precise placement point in your jaw. Using sedation as needed, the post (or more than one post, in some situations) will be placed during a day surgery. Follow your doctor’s post-surgery instructions, and your body will take care of welcoming the post into your jawbone.
Caring for An Implant Post
In the weeks following surgery, you may be instructed to eat softer foods, avoid brushing, and then brush gently, along with other guidelines. Once the surgery site has healed and the implant crown has been placed, you will begin giving the implant the same excellent care you give to your natural teeth. Among other things, just as with your natural teeth, you want to avoid biting down on hard objects, and pay special attention to flossing and gum care, to keep bacteria from sneaking underneath the gums.
An Implant Post Can Be the Foundation for A New Smile
Is it possible that one or more implants could restore your smile? Find out more by consulting with an oral surgeon. Schedule the time you need in Santa Rosa, CA by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery at 707-545-4625 to schedule your visit today.