Dental implants are now the standard of care in today’s dental society for a number of reasons. Implants are utilized to offer patients a foundation for new teeth where natural teeth are missing or have been extracted. The Dental Implant offers the patient the opportunity to regain normal function of the tooth without being forced to resort to a bridge or a denture. Both of which will cause further deterioration of teeth and bone.
There are many appealing benefits to receiving dental implants:
- The implant will grow to existing bone, acting as an artificial tooth root.
- The new implant will support your teeth firmly and safely.
- Implants are stronger than natural teeth and cannot get cavities.
- Implants reinforce your remaining natural teeth making them last longer!
- Your new implants are esthetically pleasing.
- You will no longer have pain while talking or eating.
- The dental implant will prevent progressive bone loss.
The tooth structure has two main sections, the root and the crown. The root is the section of the tooth that is below the gum line. A dental implant acts as the replacement for this section of the tooth. The titanium implant acts as an anchor in the jawbone. The first step of the procedure is surgical placement of the implant, under regular dental anesthetic and sedation. It is a very comfortable procedure.
This process may take anywhere 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. The implant cannot move during this time in order to be successful. It is different than the “implants or teeth in a day” procedure that is covered here.
A removable temporary may be utilized during this time period to allow for chewing and to preserve the cosmetic appearance.
The next step in the process is to attach a tooth to the implant. Once the healing phase is complete. An impression or scan is taken much like it is for a conventional crown or “cap” except without any shots or drilling in the mouth. It is a very short appointment.
There are two types of implant crowns that can be made.
Dr. Pottorff recommends the screw-retained implant crown whenever possible. The abutment or “post” are fused as one and the entire crown is screwed into place. It will have an access hole through the top of it that will require a filling material to be placed. This eliminates the need for cement which can lead to implant failure.
Then there is the cement-retained implant crown. This is similar to conventional crowns or caps that go on teeth but they have two parts. An Abutment or “post” that is screwed into the top of the implant and the crown which is then cemented to the Abutment or “post”. Sometimes this is the only option due to implant positioning. Dr. Pottorff will show you if that is the case for you.
Either way, the final result will be comfortable and cosmetically pleasing. Your completed implant will be fully functional, allowing you to resume normal activities.
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