A dental implant is an artificial tooth root upon which a tooth restoration is placed, such as crowns, bridges or dentures.
They are made from titanium, a strong and lightweight metal that has been used successfully for over 30 years in medical implant applications. Dental implants provide the strength and stability necessary to eat without struggling to chew, they even prevent bone loss and help maintain facial features.
Dental implants are ideal for a young, middle-aged or older adults who have lost a tooth or teeth due to gum disease, an injury, tooth decay or some other reason. Whether you need to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or all of your them, there is an implant solution that’s right for you.
A dental implant is composed of three parts. The titanium implant is the first part that we place. The abutment, which fits over the portion of the implant that protrudes above the gum line, is the second part of the dental implant. The implant restoration is the final piece that is placed, and it fits onto the abutment and is created to look like your natural tooth or teeth.
In the long term, implants are functional, esthetic and comfortable, allowing you to retain a natural bite and chewing capabilities.
Dental Implant Placement Procedure
The first thing we will do is schedule a consultation with you which we will use to determine what you would like to accomplish with your smile. From here we will take some scans and X-rays of your mouth, which will help us to build a treatment plan for you. Once we see eye to eye on what we believe we can accomplish with your smile, it will be time to schedule the surgical implant placement procedure.
The implant placement procedure is where most of the work happens. During this time we will place you under some form of anesthesia or sedation. We will prepare your jaw to receive the implant post by making an incision along your gums to access the bone beneath. The bone will be prepared to receive the implant with a special dental drill. We will place the implant post and suture the gums close around the placement site. We will perform this as many times as is necessary to accomplish your procedure. A single implant restoration will only require one implant, but bridges and full arch restorations will likely require more.
The last appointment will be one where we place the implant restoration onto the implant post, securing it permanently with a long lasting dental adhesive. We will make certain that the restoration (be it a crown, bridge, or arch) fits in your bite perfectly before we send you home.
As with any surgical procedure, you will be given pre and post surgical instructions to follow. It is critical that you follow all instructions very closely to ensure the long-term success of the dental implants.
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