Your Path to a Straighter Smile
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are restorative structures that replace missing teeth by the combination of three separate components; this includes a titanium post, an abutment, and a custom-made crown. The titanium post is implanted into the jawbone to provide a secure, stable foundation for the artificial tooth crown. Upon healing, the jawbone and post become fused together, creating a bond as strong as a natural tooth root. The abutment is connected to the implant post and acts as a connector between the crown and implant. All pieces are joined together to create a functional replacement for a missing tooth.
The Implant Process
As a vastly superior alternative to dentures or bridges, dental implants are able to restore bite force and smile appearance for patients with missing or damaged teeth. While implants are the best option, the procedure is somewhat more involved; although the process may look different for each patient, it typically follows the below steps:
The journey to a new smile all begins with a simple meeting between the patient and the doctor. The consultation comes at no cost to the patient and allows questions to be answered and a plan to be developed that addresses the particular patient’s needs. The doctor will evaluate the patient’s oral health to develop a treatment plan and determine if preliminary treatment is necessary.
Patients suffering from gum disease, jawbone deterioration, or severely damaged teeth may require preparatory treatment before beginning the implant process; this may include periodontal treatment, bone grafting, a sinus lift, or tooth extraction. Patients receive these treatments to ensure their oral health is in its best condition before they undergo dental surgery.
To establish a lasting foundation for the new tooth or teeth, surgery is required for the post to bond with the patient’s bone structure. The implant post is made from titanium, a biocompatible material that fuses to the bone during the healing process, naturally securing it in place. Once this surgery is performed, the healing phase begins and patients can expect to begin the next step within three to six months.
Once the jawbone and surrounding gum tissue have had time to heal, it will be time to place an abutment. At this point, the implant post should be stable after integrating with the supporting bone structure. The abutment is joined to the post and is utilized as the connecting piece between the post and crown.
A custom-created crown will be built to match the desired color, size, and shape agreed upon by the patient and doctor. This crown will be either cemented or screwed onto the abutment, finalizing the process and bringing the patient a strong, comfortable, appealing new smile.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
There are countless advantages of dental implants when compared to other tooth replacements. Implants are a non-removable, life-changing innovation that entirely substitutes a natural tooth. While many restorations offer only aesthetics with limited function, implants are capable of so much more. They are hassle-free, durable, and convenient; to sum it up, implants become an integral part of your life and not just an appliance you wear! Find out more about how implants can change your life by calling our office and booking your free consultation.
The Cost of Dental Implants
As mentioned before, the process of receiving dental implants is a bit more involved than other restorative solutions. Because of this, it’s not possible to provide a direct estimate of the cost. With so many factors that may influence your treatment plan, it’s best to meet with us for your free consultation to determine accurate pricing.
Are Dental Implants Right For You?
Dental implants are an extraordinary advancement of modern dentistry. With many patients fearing that life will never be the same after tooth loss, implant treatment can restore the feeling of normalcy to their lives! They can smile brighter, eat healthier, and feel confident again. Are you interested in learning about your candidacy for dental implants?
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