One of the major transformative treatments within the field of dentistry right now is the placement and restoration of dental implants. A dental implant is a titanium device that is placed into the bone that underlies the gums in the mouth. It serves to replace those teeth that have been lost due to severe dental caries, severe gum disease, or are congenitally missing (missing at birth). The following outlines the dental implant process:
•Comprehensive examination with consultation
•Dental x-rays and impressions
•Possible CT scan for complex cases
•Placement of Implant(s)
•Healing period of four to six months
•Restoration of implant(s) with crown or dentures
Once it is determined that you are medically healthy and have enough bone for placement, the implant can then be placed. Other procedures, such as bone grafting or guided bone regeneration, may need to be performed before the implant can be placed.
Once the implant is placed, healing time is needed for the implant to integrate with the bone. Usually a four to six month waiting period is implemented for proper healing and stability of the implant. Once the implant is stable, it is then time for the restoration to be placed. A fully-restored implant looks like a tooth, feels like a tooth, and functions like a tooth. You won’t be able to tell the difference!
Dentures and partials may also be stabilized in the mouth with dental implants. Once medical clearance is established, the implants would be placed and heal for a period of four to six months. Fabrication of the dentures or partial dentures would follow.
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