Dr. Koch uses the three A's when dental implants are needed for strong, more permanent tooth replacement.
If Dr. Koch of Advanced Dental Care, in Jasper, Texas, recommends dental implants, sometimes called oral implants, as the solution for your dental issues and you decide to go with his recommendation, you are in luck! Dr. Koch does not have to send you to a periodontist or a prosthodontist. One of the benefits of visiting Advanced Dental Care is its capability to address all of your dental needs.
Dr. Koch uses a three-step process for dental or oral implants: assessing, anchoring, and attaching.
Dr. Koch will first assess your surrounding tooth and jaw area of the implant site. If tooth decay or gum disease is present, he will need to address them before performing any cosmetic dental procedure.
Another assessment that Dr. Koch or his hygienists will perform is determining the proper fitting of the implant. To obtain this information, they may take several x-rays, and in rare occasions, a CT scan, to check the attributes of the bone surrounding the missing tooth for any abnormalities before proceeding with the dental or oral implant.
In some instances, if the results of the x-rays or CT scan show you have insufficient bone material to accommodate the implant, Dr. Koch will perform a bone graft prior to any dental implant placement to create an environment that will allow for a successful dental treatment.
Dr. Koch performs the dental implant procedure while you comfortably rest under oral conscious sedation. Oral conscious sedation quells any apprehensions you may have about the oral implant procedure. Advanced Dental Care wants you to be as comfortable as possible during any dental procedure you may need. Although there are other methods of sedation dentistry, such as laughing gas and IV sedation, Dr. Koch prefers oral conscious sedation because even though you are in a sleep-like state, you are still able to respond to questions and tell him how you are doing. Our goals during your dental implant procedure are for you to be as comfortable as possible during the procedure, yet still be an active participant. Oral conscious sedation accomplishes both of these goals.
Once preliminary procedures are completed, Dr. Koch slits and lifts the gum area at the site of where your dental implant will go and then drills a hole into the jawbone at the precise location of the dental implant. With the hole readied, Dr. Koch places a titanium oral implant or screw into the pre-drilled hole and sutures the gum over the implant.
Normally, he can remove the stitches after a week or two. Over the next three to six months, your dental or oral implant will remain in place to heal and to assimilate with your surrounding bone.
After the healing process, Dr. Koch again lifts the gum area of the dental implant site. He then screws a dental abutment, a post, down onto the dental implant. Next, Dr. Koch attaches a temporary crown to the post.
In about four to six weeks after the placement of your temporary crown, when the surrounding gum tissue has matured, Dr. Koch removes the temporary crown and secures your new, custom-made artificial tooth.
In what may seem like a tedious procedure, the result is a secure, attractive, replacement tooth or set of teeth designed to function as effectively as your natural teeth. Yes, the dental implant procedure takes multiple visits to Advanced Dental Care and multiple steps to achieve a successful dental implant, but once you consider the result – your perfect smile – you will decide it was time well spent.