For patients who are missing one or more of their teeth, dental implants are often the best available option for restoring function and aesthetics. A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone to replace the natural tooth root. The implant post can then serve as an anchor for a dental crown, bridge, or denture.
Each individuals, situation and case is different. Therefore when you come in for a consultation, we will evaluate your case, by looking at your existing bone, tissue and bite, in order to help customize the ideal treatment plan for you.
In some situations, some patients will not have adequate bone volume to facility an implant. These patients will require a bone grafting procedure prior to their implant placement surgery in order to build up adequate bone tissue.
Once we have determined that there is adequate bone volume, you are ready for an implant(s).The surgeon will create a small incision in the gum tissue to expose the underlying jawbone. The dental implant will then be surgically placed into the bone, and the gums sutured closed to cover it. Your doctor may place a temporary crown, bridge, or denture over the dental implant while the surgical site heals, depending on the situation, and/or the site.
For implants with traditional restorations, the titanium posts will be allowed to permanently integrate with the bone for a period of three to six months, with periodic check-up appointments so that we can monitor the process. When integration is complete, your permanent restoration will be attached to the titanium post with an abutment.
Implants restore function and aesthetics to your smile, and are the only restorative option that protect against future bone loss. When tooth loss occurs, the jawbone will begin to atrophy because it is no longer receiving stimulation from the natural tooth root. Because a dental implant is embedded in the jaw, it supplies this stimulation, preventing bone atrophy.