Emergency Dental Implants
Westlake Village, CA
You do your best to take care of your teeth, brushing and flossing them every day to help ensure their health. Sometimes, no matter how well you care for your teeth, emergencies still occur. In some of these cases, a tooth has completely fallen out. In other cases, the tooth may be severely fractured or decayed, and beyond repair, which leads to the need for the tooth to be extracted. Replacing a tooth damaged or lost as a result of a dental emergency as quickly as possible is important. At Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery we offer emergency dental implants to restore the missing tooth and protect the health of your mouth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the latest option available for replacing missing teeth, providing an alternative to options such as bridges and dentures. It is a unique treatment that involves a surgical procedure, and they consist of three major components. The implant itself is a small titanium rod, which is implanted into the jawbone. As you heal, the bone fuses to the titanium, creating a strong, stable root. An abutment, or connector, is placed on top of the implant. Finally, there is the ceramic crown, which is the replacement for your missing tooth.
Emergency Dental Implants
Typically, when you receive dental implants, it is a process. First, you undergo a consultation, during which your candidacy is determined. Your mouth is thoroughly examined, and x-rays are taken, which enable us to see the condition of your jawbone as well as determine the best course of action for your specific treatment. After your consultation, we then schedule your surgery. In some cases, you may need to undergo tooth extractions before you can undergo surgery for your implants.
Dental emergencies are different. They are not planned for. If you suddenly lose a tooth, teeth become unsalvageable due to oral or facial trauma, or teeth that once held a bridge in place become compromised, the issue needs to be addressed right away. Rather than leave you with a gap between your teeth, and waiting for an appointment, implants can be placed right away. After the damaged tooth is extracted, surgery begins right away. Incisions are made in the gum tissue, exposing the jawbone. Holes are drilled into the bone, and the implants are placed. Finally, the gums are sutured closed around the implants, and a temporary crown is placed while you heal.
Benefits of Emergency Dental Implants
Emergency dental implants offer some benefits. The implant itself provides a permanent solution to tooth loss. It offers greater comfort than options like bridges or dentures. The crowns are easier to care for.
One of the greatest benefits of placing an emergency dental implant, however, is that it preserves the integrity of your jawbone. Following tooth loss, even if the tooth is extracted, the jawbone begins to grow weaker. As it does, the bone changes shape, increasing your risk for surrounding teeth to shift out of their natural alignment. The longer the tooth goes unreplaced, the more bone mass is lost. Even if the tooth is temporarily restored with a bridge, the bone continues to resorb. If too much mass is lost, implants become less likely to be an option. By taking care of the issue as soon as the emergency arises, you ensure that your jawbone remains strong and healthy.
If you have a dental emergency that leads to tooth loss or the need for a tooth extraction, you may be eligible for emergency dental implants. For more information, contact Westlake Oral Surgery at (805) 267-9766 today.