Dental implants are the “fixed” or non-removable option for tooth replacement that helps maintain healthy bone while providing solid anchors for your replacement tooth or teeth.
Although everyone isn’t a candidate for dental implants, they are an excellent choice for most patients who have good general and oral health. Dental implants are superior to removable dental prosthetics or fixed bridgework.
If you’re curious how dental implants work, here’s a brief guide of the treatment sequence:
Step 1 – Placing the Implant “Root.”
The first phase of the procedure is to place a titanium implant into the bone of the jaw to secure your future restoration. This implant acts as a replacement for your missing root. When an implant is placed, your bone needs time to fuse to the implant, through a process called osseointegration. This healing process often takes 4 to 6 months.
Step 2 – Attaching of the Abutment
An abutment is an extension post that connects to the implant once the bone has healed and the implant is secure. It’s a support structure to join the implant to the new tooth or teeth that will sit above the gum line.
Step 3 – Completing the Restoration
After the crown or multi-unit prosthesis is returned from the dental laboratory, it’s attached to the previously placed abutment. Your new tooth will look as natural as your others.
If you are interested in dental implants and would like to learn more, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with either Dr. Karen Roberts or Dr. Luke Henderson.