Dental Implants are artificial roots and teeth made of titanium. Dental implants can be a long term solution to replace missing and/or extracted teeth. They are better than other alternatives such as bridges and partials as additional teeth do not have to be compromised to replace the missing 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 titanim structure resembling a tooth root is surgically 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.
If a patient has severe bone loss due to long term tooth loss, a bone graph may be necessary prior to the placement of the dental implant. Our facility is equipped to generate bone material to place into the jaw area utilizing blood taken from the patient on the day of the surgery.
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 the healing process, you may have a temporary crown or "flipper" so the patient can speak and eat normally.
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. Once this is placed an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. The last step of the implant process is the Crown.
Many insurance companies pay for a portion of the implant. Feel free to call our office anytime if you should need assistance in getting the correct information from your insurance carrier prior to treatment.