Dental implants are used to replace missing or extracted teeth.
The past decade has brought tremendous improvement and technological advancement in the field of dental implantology. Now, replacing a missing tooth or multiple teeth with dental implants has become the standard of care.
Whether you’re missing one tooth, or all of your teeth, dental implants can provide the assurance and stability that exceeds all other types of tooth replacement.
Three parts that make up the dental implant
Implant: Titanium implant post is surgically placed into the jaw bone and acts to replace the root of a tooth.
Abutment: Titanium connector that is screwed into the implant post that will allow the dental crown to be securely attached to it.
Dental Crown: is screwed or cemented onto the abutment or implant to give a natural appearance.
Benefits of a dental implant
Dental implants fuse and integrate into the jaw bone and do not need to be attached to surrounding teeth. Bone attaches directly to the titanium implant by a process known as osseointegration making the implant very stable and reducing future bone loss.
cosmetic appearance: look and feel like your own teeth
Stable and improved comfort
Easier eating by restoring chewing efficiency
Longer lasting and less damaging to surrounding teeth than bridges.
Are you a candidate for dental implants?
To have dental implants placed, Advanced Laser & Cosmetic Dentistry will assess the natural levels of bone in your mouth and determine whether or not the levels are adequate to support the appliance. Some patients require bone grafting in addition to their implant, to promote healthy bone height around the new tooth.
A consultation with our dentist will include a comprehensive examination to determine the health of the gum tissue and jawbone. The dentist will visually examine the location of the implant and use digital 3d imaging x-ray to evaluate nerve locations and determine how much jaw bone is available. If there is not sufficient bone to hold an implant we will discuss with you the procedures for building up the bone.
A good candidate for dental implants will be free of periodontal (gum) disease and not have a disease or condition that can affect healing after the surgery.
Pre-operative instructions may include
What to expect during the procedure
The procedure can be performed under local anesthetic to eliminate any pain or discomfort.
Surgery: a small incision is made to access the bone. A channel is prepared in the bone to fit the dental implant. The implant is placed into the jaw bone and stitched closed.
Recovery: The recovery time for your implant depends on your oral health and what the implant is being used for. “Mini” implants are placed in a single day, while traditional dental implants may require 4-6 months of healing time before the permanent crown or appliance is placed on the abutment. This allows for adequate bone integration for the success and stability of the implant. Minor discomfort like pain and swelling can be managed with pain medication.
The dental crown is attached once your jawbone is healed and strong enough to support it.
Patients have a choice of what type of material their crown is made of, with porcelain being the most popular option. The patient and the staff at Advanced Laser & Cosmetic Dentistry select the shade of the crown together, in natural lighting, in order to best reflect the patient’s natural tooth color.
Implant Care and Oral Hygiene
Daily brushing with non-abrasive toothpaste , flossing, and antimicrobial mouth rinses to clean gums and metal post.
continue with your regular dental checkup and cleanings.
Don't chew hard foods that can damage crowns.
Use oral irrigators (dental water jet) for hard-to-reach areas.
Interproximal brushes to clean around the dental implant.