Missing teeth can lead to serious complications later down the road, such as a misaligned bite, crooked teeth, and bone deterioration. Luckily, patients have more tooth replacement options than ever before. At Kaiser, Rosen & Kurman Dental Associates we offer several full-tooth restorations, including dental implants. Dental implants have revolutionized the way we treat tooth loss. Thanks to their many benefits, it's no wonder that implants have become the industry standard for tooth replacement. An implant-supported restoration is the next best thing to your natural teeth!
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium fixture that we surgically embed below the gum tissue and into the jawbone. The implant serves as the root component of a prosthesis. After a brief healing period the implant is attached to an abutment, or support structure, that links the implant to the restoration. Thanks to technological advancements implants can be used to support a single crown, a fixed bridge, or even a full-arch restoration!
The Dental Implant Process
The dental implant process begins with a consultation appointment. During your consultation, our doctors will perform a series of diagnostic tests to ensure you are a suitable candidate for implant treatment. Most patients who are healthy enough to undergo dental work will qualify. Implants do require a significant amount of bone in the jaw. If your bone is too soft or too thin, we may recommend a bone graft.
Once we determine you are a suitable candidate for dental implants, we will develop an appropriate treatment plan. most implant placements are broken up into two procedures. During the first visit, we will place the implant within the jawbone.
Over the next several months, the implant and your jawbone will fuse through the process of osseointegration. Osseointegration is largely responsible for the many benefits of dental implants, mimicking the natural relationship between tooth root and socket.
Once osseointegration is complete, we will schedule the second procedure to place the abutment. After the abutment is in place, we take an impression of the area which often can even be scanned instead of placing material in your mouth. The impression will be used by our laboratory technicians to fabricate your final restoration. Once your restoration is ready, we will permanently attach it to the implant.
Benefits of Dental Implants
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