Implants are utilized to offer patients a foundation for new restorative teeth where natural teeth are missing or have been extracted. In fact, dental implants have become the best option for replacing a missing tooth or teeth because it does not necessitate cutting down surrounding healthy teeth.
We can refer you to a number of excellent surgeons who will place the implant for you.
- The implant will osseointegrate (bond) with the existing bone.
- The new implant will support your teeth firmly and safely.
- Your new implants are aesthetically pleasing.
- You will no longer have pain during talking or eating.
- The dental implant will prevent progressive bone atrophy.
- Implants have a proven scientific basis.
The tooth structure has two main sections, the root and the crown. The root is the section of the tooth that is below the gumline. A dental implant acts as the restorative for this section of the tooth. The metal implant acts as an anchor in the jawbone. The first step of the procedure is surgical placement of the implant. Under regular dental anesthetic, the gum tissue is opened and the dentist places the implant into the jawbone. When this is achieved, the tissue is then sutured closed. There is not often significant discomfort with this procedure. This process can take from 1-3 hours depending on the number of implants being placed.
This implant will be left untreated for a period of 3-6 months. During this time, the bone will grow around the implant in a process called osseointegration. A removable crown may be utilized during this time period to allow for chewing and to preserve the cosmetic appearance.
At this point either the surgeon will attach an abutment (connector), or you will be referred back to our office so that we can take an impression to make a custom abutment. After the abutment is placed, we cement the final crown over the abutment.This restoration will be comfortable and cosmetically pleasing. Your completed implant will be fully functional, allowing you to chew and smile with confidence.