Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.
The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself, where a screw is placed into the jaw bone. An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed the gums are sutured.
The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time you can have temporary crowns installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.
After the implant has healed it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. One this is placed an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. Some offices have an onsite lab to create the crown, but others will have to send it to an outside lab. Once the restoration is completed you can return to the office to attach the restoration permanently. Your smile will look just like it used to, and after a short period of getting used to the implant it will feel just like one of your own teeth.
Much have been written about dental implants but how easy is it?- Well how easy is to place a screw? While its not entirely the same it is very easy and similar to it. Placing a single implant is very simple indeed. Given there adequate bone in the area a simple gum punch or flap is done in the area under local anesthesia, after which a properly sized hole to accommodate the implant is done to the bone under the gum. The proper sized implant is threaded into place simply by twisting it with the electrical drill. The proper gum healing cap is screwed on to the implant. That's it! The procedure can take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes to an hour depending on other factors such is there a tooth to be taken out or is there grafted bone need to be added. No pain at all during the procedure and minor discomfort (mostly soreness) may be experienced afterward easily addressed with over the counter Tylenol or Ibuprophen. You most likely will need to return to have the permanent abutment and crown placed on a future appointment. A temporary may be made for you at the initial visit if the implant replaces a missing tooth in the anterior cosmetic area of the face. You can walk out the same day with a temp tooth and return for your full permanent tooth shortly after.
Implants are made from titanium. The reason for this is that titanium is the metal that allows bone to fuse (osseointegrate) with it to create a permanent fixed restoration. People with severe metal allergies or those that are holistically oriented may opt for a zirconia implant. Zirconium is used because it also allows fusion(osseointergration) to bone. Both types of implants are offered in our practice at Classic Dental Arts.
Whether you need one or many the process remains essentially the same.
What is an all on 4? - This is an implant procedure in which 4 or more implants are placed in a jaw that has no teeth or after all the teeth have been taken out. Those implants are the anchors for the final restoration. An all on 4 permanent appliance is then screwed directly on those implants during the same day in a process which is referred to as "conversion". The entire procedure may be done under local anesthesia or in combination with lite and or full sedation. This process usually take about 2 to 3 hours and you walk out with what is termed.
Fixed teeth or fixed teeth in a day!
There are also many variations on this procedure some people prefer to have a stable Snap in denture where the denture is removable but when snapped on the implants its becomes fixed, does not move. Whether its an all on 4 or a snap on denture you can be assured that your new teeth will function just like your own teeth and you will be able to smile and eat anything you would like.
Which procedure is for you? Give us a call for an FREE IMPLANT CONSULTATION! We will walk you thru the process and answer all you questions.