Dental implants are the highest quality tooth replacement option available in dentistry. A dental implant can replace a single tooth or multiple implants can support a bridge or dentures. The reason dental implants are so highly recommended is that they look and function as closely as possible to your natural teeth. Once the process is complete, you won’t even know the difference between your implants and your natural teeth.
If you’re considering or planning to get dental implants, it helps to know what to expect. Here’s a step by step guide to dental implant restorations.
Step 1: Consultation and Evaluation.
The first step is to have a consultation with your dentist to discuss the possibility of getting one or more dental implants. Your dentist will need to perform an evaluation of your teeth and jaw to determine whether or not you are an ideal candidate for implants. If so, you can schedule an appointment for the next step in the procedure. If not, you may need some preparatory dental work done, such a bone graft to reinforce your jawbone.
Step 2: Preparatory Procedures.
If you need them, preparatory procedures must be done first. A bone graft can be used to strengthen your jaw bone if it is not able to support an implant. The procedure involves placing a bone fragment under the gum tissue on top of the bone where the implant will be placed. This bone fragment will encourage regeneration of the existing bone. Other preparatory procedures may include fillings, root canals, or crowns in your other remaining teeth.
Step 3: Placing the Implant Root.
Once the jawbone is ready, the titanium implant root will be surgically placed in the bone under the gums. The gum tissue will be replaced over it so that it can heal while the implant fuses with the bone. The process of fusion, called osseointegration, may take a few months.
Step 4: Attaching the Abutment.
Once the implant root has securely bonded with the jawbone, the abutment can be attached. The abutment is a metal post extending above the gum line that the prosthetic attaches to, whether it’s a crown, a bridge, or dentures. After placing the abutment the gum tissue will need to heal before the prosthetic is attached.
Step 5: Fitting the Prosthetic.
Once your gums have healed from the abutment procedure, the prosthetic can be attached. A single tooth replacement will receive a crown that has been created to match the shape, size, and color of your existing teeth. A bridge can attach to two dental implants in order to replace a row of teeth. Implant supported dentures can replace an entire arch of teeth with just a few dental implants to hold them in place.
Step 6: Caring for your Implants.
Once your prosthetic has been placed your implant restoration is complete. You have a new tooth, row of teeth, or a completely new smile. Now all you need to do is take care of it. A single tooth implant can be brushed and flossed like a natural tooth. Bridges and dentures require some different cleaning techniques from what you’re used to. You may need a special brush or a water flosser to clean under a bridge or fixed dentures. Removable dentures can be removed for cleaning. Follow your dentist’s instructions to keep your mouth healthy and ensure the success of your implant.
Toland Dental Provides Dental Implant Restorations
Now that you know the process, you can be more prepared for your implant restoration. Toland Dental provides single implants as well as bridges and implant supported dentures. We recommend dental implants for tooth replacement because of the many benefits they offer. Implants provide a sturdy, functional, and natural looking replacement option for missing teeth that also supports healthy bone structure in your jaw.