Dental implants are a tooth loss solution specifically designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. A dental implant is composed of a three-part design that replaces your entire tooth, from the root to the top of the tooth. Advances in implant technology have made it possible to replace one or many teeth; they can support a single-tooth replacement, a multi-tooth bridge, or even a full denture.
What are dental implants? An implant is composed of three parts the screw, the abutment, and the crown work together to provide you with a secure, natural-looking tooth replacement. The screw replaces your tooth’s root by integrating with the bone beneath your gums. This fusion with the bone supports the custom-designed crown, which is shaped to look just like a natural tooth. The crown or custom bridge is attached to the implant screw using a small post called an abutment, which creates a safe and permanent hold to ensure that your tooth or teeth will never slip or fall out.
The Benefits of Dental Implants:
Dental implants provide many benefits over traditional tooth replacement options; rather than resting above the gums like most prosthetic options, they protect your overall oral health by preventing shifting of teeth and bone loss. Here are just a few of the reasons you should consider choosing dental implants:
- They allow you to enjoy your favorite foods without worry. The secure, permanent hold between the titanium implant and your jaw bone functions just like your natural tooth root, allowing you to eat the foods that you enjoy.
- They will look beautiful and natural. Whether you replace one or all of your teeth, you will be able to smile with confidence knowing that your new teeth look beautiful and natural.
- They are a highly versatile tool. Whether you want to replace one tooth or many teeth, implants can support a variety of different prosthetic attachments to fit your needs. They can also be used to anchor dentures.
- They preserve the health and appearance of your mouth. When you have missing teeth, the bone beneath your gums can start to diminish, causing your mouth and lips to look more collapsed. Extensive bone loss can cause oral health complications, but dental implants naturally stimulate bone retention just like your natural teeth. This stimulation preserves the structure of your oral and facial bones. Additionally, implants prevent dental shifting and other problems associated with missing teeth.
What are the steps involved with dental implant placement?
The first appointment will consist of a thorough oral examination with our dentist and review of your potential treatment plan pending verification by a board-certified oral surgeon.
Following the exam with our dentist, a consultation appointment will be scheduled with an oral surgeon. During this appointment, they will take any necessary scans to finalize your treatment plan and determine the best course of action for your procedure. Furthermore, you will be able to ask your oral surgeon any questions you have and discuss your overall treatment plan.
The surgical procedure is the next step in the treatment process. Your oral surgeon will place the screw into the missing tooth site using advanced, custom-made surgical guides to ensure a proper fit. After the placement of the dental implant, your implant site must heal and allow time for bone to implant integration.
After the healing phase is complete, your oral surgeon will attach the healing abutments to your implant.
The final step is to restore your implant(s) by our dentist. At this time your dentist will take impressions, intraoral scans and fabricate the ideal restorative component such as a crown, bridge, or other permanent tooth attachment. The entire process is a joint effort between you, your oral surgeon, dentist and dental laboratory.