A dental implant is a titanium post designed to replace a missing tooth in the mouth. The post is surgically placed into the jawbone where the tooth is missing, and provides a more permanent solution.
Dental Implants Introduction
Crowns and conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. For some people, dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Over a series of appointments, implants are surgically placed below the gums, where they fuse to the jawbone. Compared to other tooth-replacement alternatives, dental implants offer the best stability, because they fuse to your bone through a process called osseointegration.
Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural, and some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes. Candidates for dental implants must have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant.
Options for Missing Teeth
Reasons for Dental Implants
What Does a Dental Implant Involve?
Implant Site Preparation
The gum tissue is opened to expose the bone area where the implant will be placed. In situations where there is insufficient bone structure, bone grafting may be a recommended procedure. Once healthy bone has been established, a special drill is used to prepare the bone to receive the implant.
What can Dental Implants do For Me
Placing the ImplantAfter the bone has been prepared, the implant is placed and the tissue is sutured. After seven to ten days the sutures are removed. The healing process takes three to six months. This is the amount of time it usually takes the implant to become part of the bone of the jaw.
Cone Beam Before Implant
Attaching the PostWhen the gum tissue is ready, a special post is attached to the implant; it is the support for the new porcelain crown. Today's technologies often include zirconium abutments attached to the implant post, to assure that the new porcelain tooth possesses translucency properties similar to a natural tooth.
Placing the CrownAfter impressions are taken, a dental crown is made and shaded to match your existing teeth. The crown is then slipped over the post and cemented. This final prosthetic crown appears as a natural tooth. Additionally, thanks to our in-office CEREC same-day crowns technology, we can provide you with your permanent replacement teeth the same day as your implant surgery.
Caring for Your Dental ImplantsThere is a high rate of failure of implants in patients who smoke, so dental implants tend to not be an option for patients who are actively smoking. We will help you determine whether dental implants will be a good tooth replacement option for you. Proper brushing and flossing will maximize the longevity of your new dental implant.
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