We’ve discussed how dental implants can replace missing teeth, as well as the benefits of this tooth replacement option. But what does the placement process involve? From assessing your candidacy to restoring the implant, the process of replacing your lost teeth with a dental implant is much different than receiving a bridge or a denture.
Candidacy and Preparation
First, we will examine your smile to assess your candidacy. You need to have enough jawbone tissue to support the new tooth, otherwise a bone grafting may be required before we move forward with implant placement. Next, we will look for the presence of periodontitis, or advanced gum disease. Periodontitis can cause the new tooth to become lost, so the disease will need to be successfully managed before we discuss placement. We may also recommend an alternative, such as a bridge.
Placement and Osseointegration
An oral surgeon will place the implant post directly into the jawbone. The post is made from titanium, a biocompatible material that bonds with the jawbone like a natural root. We then wait for the area to heal and the bonding process, also known as osseointegration, to occur. After a period of three to six months, you will be ready for restoration.
Once the area heals we will add an abutment to the post. The abutment holds the completed restoration in place. Your restoration will be a custom-made dental crown, created using lifelike porcelain, that looks natural and blends with your smile The restoration will be able to withstand serious bite forces and pressure. With proper care and attention, your new tooth can potentially last a lifetime. If you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a consultation then please contact our office today.