Planting new roots
Although dental care has improved over the years, millions of people still suffer tooth loss due to tooth decay, periodontal disease or injury. For a very long time, the only treatment options that were available for missing teeth were either dentures or bridges, until dental implants paved a way to becoming replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for permanent or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth and provides many other benefits, such as improved appearance, speech, self-esteem, oral health, ease of eating, durability and convenience.
The first step in the dental implant process is the development of an individualized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs, which is consulted, prepared and coordinated between our restorative dentists and trusted third party oral surgeons. If your gums and jawbone are healthy, the tooth root implant is typically next, which is a small post made of titanium that is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, creating a secure anchor in the jaw, which can take six to twelve weeks.
After the implant bonds to the jawbone, a small connector post (abutment) is attached to the post to securely hold the new tooth. To make the new tooth or teeth relative to your other teeth, an impression of the rest of your teeth is needed to create a model of your bite. As the final step, a crown will be attached to the abutment to complete the replacement of your missing tooth from root-to-cusp.
With proper care, implants can potentially last a lifetime, so anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. To increase the likelihood of success, you should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant and must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits.