Dental Implant Restoration
Despite improvements in dental care, millions of Americans suffer tooth loss — mostly due to tooth decay, periodontal disease, or injury. For many years, the only treatment options available for people with missing teeth were bridges, dentures, and partial dentures, but dental implants are available today and maybe an excellent option for you.
A dental implant has three parts:
- A titanium screw (called an implant) embedded into the jawbone, replacing the original root
- A porcelain crown
- A connector that joins the two pieces (called an abutment/custom abutment)
After the implant is placed, the area of placement will take 3 to 4 months to heal before the Crown can be placed on the implant.
Dental Implant Restoration Process
Dental implant restorations are performed by attaching crowns to implants anchored in the bone below the gum line. After the anchor has been surgically placed, bone attaches to the implant, holding it firmly in place. An artificial tooth (crown) can then be attached to the implant. The end result is a strong, secure tooth that is virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Dental Implants can be used as artificial tooth replacements for missing teeth and for stabilizing loose dentures as well as replacing small bridges. Once your implant has been restored with a Crown the implant requires the same care as real teeth, including brushing, flossing, rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash, and regular dental check-ups.