Dental implants to replace missing teeth has become more common. They can replace single missing teeth, support bridges or dentures for a larger span of missing teeth. Implants are manufactured from titanium because it is compatible with body tissues and able to bond with the jawbone during healing. They are a safe and convenient way to replace lost teeth with natural-looking results.
What happens when you get a dental implant?
- An individualized treatment plan is developed that addresses your specific needs. X-rays of your jaws will be taken to determine the shape and condition of your bone tissue and plan how the implants will be placed.
- Next, the tooth implant, which is a small post made of titanium, is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. A small incision is made in the gum to expose the bone and a special drill is used to shape the implant site. The implant is fitted into the prepared bone and then an attachment called a healing cap, which protrudes through the gum, is placed over it. When the implant has bonded to the jawbone, which can take several months, the healing cap is replaced with a permanent attachment called the abutment. The replacement tooth, called a crown, is attached to the abutment.
- When the implant has bonded to the jawbone, an impression of your teeth is taken. This model is used to construct your crown or bridge and give it a natural look that matches the rest of your teeth.
- After your new crown or bridge has been made, your dentist will cement it onto the abutment over the dental implant. The appearance and fit will be evaluated, and your upper and lower teeth will be assessed to determine that they work together comfortably when you bite. Several follow-up appointments will be needed to ensure that the implants are stable and functioning well, and that you are happy with the result.
Call New Town Dentistry to schedule an appointment for a dental implant assessment today.