No tooth replacement option allows you to go about your day-to-day life with ease quite like dental implants. Functioning as a normal tooth does thanks to an artificial ‘root’, or anchor, implants don’t just mean eating any food you want– they also mean a natural appearance and preserved jawbone health.
What Are They?
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are small titanium posts that replace missing teeth within the jawbone. An implant functions as not just a cosmetic replacement for the missing tooth, but a structural replacement for the missing root – thus preventing jawbone deterioration and keeping your face’s structure intact. You’ll have a solid foundation for attaching an artificial tooth, as your jawbone will bond with the implant anchor. After the anchor is placed, a small post protruding through your gum will be affixed to the anchor, after which a replacement tooth will be attached.
The Implant Placement Procedure
Two procedures are involved in a standard implant placement:
1. In the first procedure, the implant anchors are placed in the jawbone. It will usually take several months for the implants to bond with the bone, during which you’ll be given temporary dentures and be instructed to eat soft foods. During this process your replacement teeth will be fabricated.
2. The second procedure takes place after the implant is fully integrated into the jawbone. The implants will be uncovered and your doctor will attach posts that will hold the artificial teeth in place. The first and second phases of treatment typically take six to eight months to complete, and you’ll be able to go about your normal lifestyle with little disturbance during this time.
Advances in Surgical Treatment
With recent progress in implant technology, Summit Oral Surgery & Implant Center offers single-stage implants that need no second uncovering procedure. While this option typically requires around six weeks of healing time before attaching your replacement tooth or teeth, sometimes an implant can even be placed on the same day as a tooth extraction.
Placing a dental implant involves collaboration between both an oral surgeon and a restorative dentist. Our doctors will carry out your tooth extraction, any necessary bone grafting, and the implant procedure. Fabrication and placement of the artificial tooth, as well as any temporary replacement teeth, will be carried out by your dentist.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUEsTIONS
What Dental Prosthetic Options are Available?
At Summit Oral Surgery and Implant Center, we provide surgical procedures in our state-of-the-art in-house operating suite. For those who have unique medical requirements, such as certain anesthetic accommodations or extensive bone grafting, an inpatient hospital treatment may be necessary.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Implants can restore your confidence and provide renewed oral health.
While dental implants are a modern development, their history traces back nearly four decades prior to the innovations of Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark. His revolutionary efforts laid the groundwork for countless people dealing with the embarrassment and daily difficulties of missing one or more teeth.
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