Dental implants, placed into the jawbone, act as an artificial tooth root. These posts or metal frameworks are a base for artificial teeth, otherwise known as dental crowns. Because this framework is fused into the jawbone, the implant won’t shift or rub the way bridgework or dentures can. This technique offers excellent support for your new teeth. Dental implants are the strongest devices available to support replacement teeth, guaranteeing functional and natural-looking dental corrections.
Dental Implants are typically made up of three different parts:
This is a screw-like framework that is permanently fused into the jaw.
An abutment connects the implant to a tooth or set of teeth.
Typically made from white composite or porcelain, this is the part of the implant that you can see in your smile.
Dental Implant Candidates
If you are interested in dental implant surgery, a consultation with your dentist is required for a teeth examination. The following list may indicate that you are a good candidate for a dental implant:
- Missing teeth (some or all)
- Requiring long-term tooth replacement
- Looking for a secure tooth replacement option
- Desiring a natural, beautiful smile
What’s Involved in Dental Implants?
X-Ray and Impression
The process begins with an x-ray to evaluate the current bone and gum condition. This helps your dentist conclude if a dental implant is necessary. An impression is then taken to create a mold of the patient’s teeth in order to develop a customized implant.
Tooth Extraction and Implant Placement
Any remaining troubled teeth that remain in the mouth will be extracted prior to implant placement. In order to place the implant, a small hole is drilled into the jawbone. The implant is then placed into the jawbone.
Abutment and Crown Placement
Following implant placement, the jaw may need weeks or several months to heal and fully fuse to the implant. After the jaw has healed, an abutment is placed onto the implant. The abutment allows for proper connection to the crown. The crown is then attached to the abutment, leaving the patient with a brand new, long-term tooth or set of teeth.
Dental implants are changing the lives of people who can benefit from them! They are rediscovering the confidence and comfort they once had with their natural teeth.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Najjar or Dr . Sorder.
The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.