Dental Implants

Petersburg, KY

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What You Need to Know About Dental Implants

Everyone wants to have a beautiful smile. If you have teeth missing, you may find it hard to smile. Dental implant surgery can help you get your smile back. This surgery involves replacing the root of a tooth with a dental implant and then attaching an artificial tooth to this implant. At Hebron Family Dentistry in Petersburg, KY, Dr. Valerie Watson performs dental implant surgeries.

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is usually made from titanium. It is a metal screw-like post that Dr. Valerie Watson can surgically place in your jawbone if you have a missing tooth. When placed in your jawbone, it will act as the root portion of the missing tooth. After Dr. Watson places this post in your jawbone, she will attach an artificial tooth to the implant.

After Dr. Watson places a dental implant in your jawbone, it will not affect the neighboring teeth. This implant is usually made from titanium, a metal that naturally bonds with jawbones through a process called osseointegration.

How Dental Implants Are Placed in Your Jawbone

When you request Dr. Valerie Watson to place a dental implant in your jawbone, she will perform dental implant surgery. Before the surgery, she will take 3D pictures of your jaw and teeth and perform a dental X-ray. She will then do bone grafting if your jawbone is too soft.

After this, Dr. Watson will make a surgical cut on your gum to expose your jawbone. She will then drill a hole into the jawbone and place the dental implant in that hole.

Dr. Watson may advise you to wait for several months before putting an artificial tooth onto the newly placed dental implant. During this time, the dental implant will begin uniting with your jawbone, forming a solid base for the artificial tooth. After the dental implant becomes firmly held in place, Dr. Watson will place the abutment onto the implant. Before placing the abutment, she will give you an anesthetic drug and then make a surgical cut on your gum to expose the dental implant.

Dental Implants Near Me

A dental implant surgery will help you replace your missing tooth. You should let Dr. Watson do this surgery on your jawbone only if you are healthy, and she can also help you determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Dental implant surgery is usually a safe procedure, and it has been in existence for around 40 years.

If you are looking for a dental implant in Petersburg, KY, contact Dr. Valerie Watson. She has been carrying out these surgeries for years, so you can rest assured you'll be in good hands.

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