Dental Implants

Dental implants are the gold standard for the treatment of missing teeth. If you want to restore your smile, dental functionality, and self-confidence, you should read more below about dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are tiny surgical-grade titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone under the gum surface. The bone then bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Because dental implants become part of the jawbone, they look and feel like natural teeth, allowing you to eat, talk and smile without worry.

Why get dental implants?

Implants offer several advantages over dentures, bridges or removable partial dentures.

  • More natural look and feel
  • We proper care can last a lifetime
  • Easier to maintain – just brush and floss like regular teeth
  • Do not damage surrounding teeth
  • Can improve health by broadening the diet
  • Prevent further bone loss and even strengthen the jawbone

Dental Implants are no longer considered to be a ‘new’ approach to tooth replacement—implants are considered to be the best approach. For several decades, implant dentistry has shown an incredibly high clinical success rate and an equally high patient acceptance rate. These artificial teeth are lasting longer and longer while looking more realistic than ever before.

Dental Implant Procedure

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A dental implant is composed of 3 parts, the Implant, Abutment, and Crown.

The implant itself is a small titanium post that is placed into bone in area(s) of missing teeth. Once the teeth implant is placed in the bone it needs to heal. During the healing process, bone surrounds and attaches to the titanium post recreating a stable structure where a crown will be attached.

The abutment is the transition between the implant and the crown. Most abutments are screwed into the implant and provide a surface for the final crown to be cemented on to.

Finally, the crown (cap) is the tooth portion of the implant system that will be visible in the mouth. Once healing is complete, the next step is to place the “abutment” and take an impression. This allows a laboratory to recreate the missing tooth. After the laboratory is finished the patient returns to have the crown permanently cemented in place.

Once cemented the dental implant can be treated like a natural tooth. Daily brushing can begin at this point and regular treatment (dental cleanings & evaluations) can be scheduled as needed.

Interested in Dental Implants? Here’s what you should know:

The dental implant procedure typically involves two stages: (1) placement of an artificial tooth root, and (2) placement of a dental crown, bridge, or denture by Dr. Buck.

Dr. Buck is an expert when it comes to designing and finalizing the restoration that will complete your dental implant.

Implant Restoration

The Dental Implant Restoration Process

From start to finish, the length of the dental implant procedure can vary widely, mainly because of the need for adequate healing between the steps of the procedure.

Occasionally, when the bone around an implant post is plentiful and dense, the implant and the final crown can be placed simultaneously.

More commonly, the implant will be permitted to heal for several months, enabling it to fuse with the jawbone before the crown can be placed. If bone grafting is required, we must allow the graft to heal for several months before placing the implant post.  In this case, the implant post will still require several months of healing time to integrate with the bone before it can be fitted with the final crown.

Teamwork in Implant Dentistry

All implant procedures must begin with a detailed consultation to plan your treatment and coordinate each phase of your care. The first phase of the implant procedure will begin at our office.  The average healing period following the placement of an implant is 3 to 6 months.

When the time is appropriate, Dr. Buck will begin preparing and finalizing the restoration that will complete your implant procedure.

To begin exploring the details of your dental implant procedure, call our office to schedule a consultation today.