Implant Dentistry

What is Dental Implant?

Dental implants are a popular option for replacing missing teeth because they provide a natural look and feel. The process begins with a thorough examination of the jawbone and surrounding tissues to determine if the patient is a suitable candidate for implants.

During the procedure, a small titanium post is surgically inserted into the jawbone to serve as the root of the artificial tooth. Over time, the implant fuses with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration, which provides a stable foundation for the crown. After the implant has integrated with the bone, an abutment is attached to the implant to connect the crown. The crown is custom-made to match the color, shape, and size of the surrounding teeth, ensuring a seamless and natural-looking result.

Dental implants can improve the appearance of your smile, restore your ability to chew and speak properly, and prevent further bone loss in the jaw. With proper care, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, dental implants can last for many years.

The Process of Dental Implant Procedure

Dental Implant Placement

Dental implantation starts with an assessment of oral health and bone structure, followed by preparatory steps like tooth extraction or bone grafting if needed. Then, titanium posts (implants) are surgically placed into the jawbone to act as artificial tooth roots, which then fuse with the bone over time. 

Dental Abutment 

The dental abutment process involves placing a connector onto a dental implant to support and secure a crown, bridge, or denture. After the implant has fused with the jawbone, the gum tissue is opened to expose the implant, and an impression is taken to create a custom abutment. This abutment is then attached to the implant either by screwing it in place or using dental cement.

Dental Implant Crown 

A dental implant crown is the final restoration that is placed on top of an abutment, which is attached to a dental implant. The crown is custom-made to match the color, shape, and size of the surrounding teeth, providing a natural-looking result. It is securely attached to the abutment, completing the dental implant procedure and restoring the function and aesthetics of the missing tooth. 

Caring for Dental Implants and Prosthetics 

Caring for dental implants and prosthetics is essential for their longevity and your oral health. Regular brushing and flossing, along with routine dental check-ups, help prevent complications such as infection and gum disease. Avoiding hard foods and habits like teeth grinding can also protect your implants. If you smoke, quitting can improve the success of your implants. By following your dentist’s instructions and maintaining good oral hygiene, you can ensure that your dental implants and prosthetics remain in excellent condition for years to come.

Schedule a Consultation for Dental Implants

To determine if dental implants are right for you, schedule a consultation with our office. Our doctor will conduct a thorough examination and discuss your options, providing a detailed recommendation tailored to your needs. With the help of a professional implant dentist, you can achieve a beautiful, natural-looking smile. If you have missing teeth, we can help restore your smile and confidence. Schedule an appointment for dental implants today to start your journey towards a beautiful smile.