Get New Permanent Teeth With Dental Implant Reconstruction

What kind of implant reconstruction works for you?

A tooth is pulled out by the root when it becomes too damaged to save. The missing tooth can then be replaced with an implant, bridge or a denture. Because bridges and dentures are not permanently fixed onto the gum and jawbone, their function is limited. Dentures may move around as a person chews. Bridges may also slip when a person chews on something especially tough.

That is where dental implant reconstruction comes in. It is a permanent form of tooth replacement where implants are anchored onto the bone that previously housed an extracted tooth.

What exactly is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a metallic (usually titanium) screw that is surgically placed in the jawbone just beneath the gum, where the root of the extracted tooth used to be. It serves as the root of the replacement crown.

Why are they a good option?

Because they are convenient, durable and more comfortable than bridges or dentures. Dental implants are easy to chew with and look just like natural teeth. Dentures and bridges must be removed for cleaning, but implants are cleaned with the rest of the teeth. This makes them a convenient option.

Who should get them?

To qualify for dental implants, a person should:

  • Have one or more missing teeth
  • Have healthy gums and a fully developed jaw
  • Have enough bone to anchor the implant
  • Be healthy enough to allow the bone to heal quickly
  • Be willing to invest a few months to complete the implant reconstruction process
  • Be unable or unwilling to wear bridges or dentures

The step-by-step process of getting dental implants

After a comprehensive dental examination, the dentist will confirm if dental implants are the best option for the patient. The dentist will then make a model of the mouth. Depending on the patient's particular situation, the dentist will come up with a treatment plan specifically suited for the patient.

The process of getting a dental implant can then start. Each step may need its own appointment. The visits are spaced out to allow for proper healing of the jaw and gum.

The stages of dental implant reconstruction are as follows:

1. During the first visit, the damaged tooth is removed and the gum allowed to heal.

2. If necessary, a second appointment is made where extra bone is grafted onto the jaw. The jaw is then left to heal.

3. At the next dentist appointment, the gum is slit open and the bone prepared to house the implant. The implant is screwed onto the bone and the gum is stitched shut. For several months, the jaw is allowed to heal and fuse with the implant. In some situations, the implant itself can act as an outer tooth. In most cases, an outer tooth is added once the implant heals and the restoration procedure continues.

4. At the next visit, the gum is opened to expose the implant. A small connector post known as an abutment is attached to the implant and the gum is left to heal. Sometimes, the dentist may place the implant and abutment during the same procedure. This only happens if the implant is seen to be very stable.

6. After the soft tissue heals, the dentist makes a cast of the mouth and has the outer teeth fabricated.

7. The teeth are then attached to the abutment.

When possible, choose a permanent solution

Dental implant restoration takes months, but most of that time is spent waiting for the bone to heal. After restoration is done, you will enjoy your brand-new teeth for a lifetime. Talk to one of our dentists about dental implants today.

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