The dental implant is inserted into the jawbone, and then the false tooth also called a “pontic”, is attached. Made of titanium or zirconium (for more biologic metal-sensitive patients) which blends well with bone, implants create a strong support structure that will hold your false tooth to your jaw – for the rest of your life.
Once your implant is installed, the artificial tooth is installed. Unlike dentures, these teeth are not removable; they are permanent and behave like your natural teeth.
Local anesthesia will numb the nerves surrounding the dental implant area. With numbed nerves, you can expect not to feel any pain during your dental implant procedure. You may feel pressure at times, but it should not cause you discomfort.
People who take certain medications, such as steroids or drugs that suppress the immune system may not be suitable candidates, either. And people with certain habits, such as people who severely grind or clench their teeth may put too much pressure on the implants, causing long-term damage. That is why Dr. Palmer often does physiologic-based restorative cases in order to align the jaws teeth + muscles properly to prevent damage due to imbalanced forces. Grinding and clenching can often be eliminated with physiologic treatment.