Dental implants are a strong, stable alternative to dentures and bridges. Dental implants restore a patient’s appearance by replacing the missing tooth with one that looks, feels, and functions no different from the natural tooth it replaces.
What Are Dental Implants?
The actual implant is a small titanium screw that is embedded directly into the jawbone. The implant is placed surgically in the precise position. Over a period of months, the implant and the jawbone will become as one. Once the osseointegration process is complete, the dentist in Lincoln Park will mount an abutment on the exposed implant. A crown is fitted on the abutment using extremely powerful dental adhesive.
How Is an Implant Placed?
Placing an implant is a three-stage process; using a series of X-Rays and impressions, the implant process is as follows:
* The dentist first identifies the precise location of the implant. The gum is opened, the jawbone is prepared, and the implant is inserted into the prepared site. Osseointegration takes some time. It can take upwards of eight or nine months. During this time, the site is covered.
* Once the implant is solid in the jawbone, it is exposed. The dentist will fit an extension. It will take another month or so for the tissue to heal.
* Once healing is complete, the implant is ready to accept a crown. Once the crown is fitted, the procedure is over.
Are Implants Effective?
Dental implants are an extremely effective way to replace a tooth that has been lost to disease, decay, or trauma. A patient must have healthy gums and sufficient jawbone to support the titanium implant. Although it takes time for the entire process, once it is completed, dental implants are almost 100 percent effective.
Dental implants are a long-lasting solution for replacing one or more missing teeth. For more information, arrange an appointment with Dental Professionals of Lincoln Park in Lincoln Park.