Dental implants are used for replacing the root portion of a missing tooth. Implants can then be used as an anchor to replace missing teeth and secure crowns, dentures or bridges.
Some of the major benefits of dental implants include:
Promoting bone retention
Eliminating the need for removable dentures
Won't affect your adjacent teeth like bridges can
Looks, feels and functions just like a natural tooth
How the Dental Implant Process Works
Every patient's dental situation is unique and requires expertise to diagnose and plan the implant procedure. The first step in the process is the implantation and this can be done in our office using local anesthesia by Dr. Anderson, Dr. Nellor or Dr. Thaer. It typically takes the implant 3-6 months to heal and integrate into the jaw bone.
The second step of the process is implant restoration. That's when your implant will be restored using a crown, at which point your implant will now function just like a normal tooth.
Bone Graft and Ridge Preservation Procedures
Over time, a jaw bone that has missing teeth will atrophy or be reabsorbed. Often times, this result in a situation where the quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants is not adequate. Under these circumstances, one would not normally be considered an ideal candidate for dental implant placement.
Fortunately, now we have the scientific ability to grow bone for these procedures when necessary. This provides us with opportunities that weren't available before to place implants of proper length and width and better options for restoring functionality and aesthetic appearance.
Bone grafting can also be used to repair dental implant sites suffering from inadequate bone structure as a result of previous extractions, gum disease or dental injuries. Bone can either be obtained from a tissue bank or some of your own bone matter can be taken from your jaw. Sinus bone grafts are also common for replacing bone matter in the posterior upper jaw. In addition, special membranes may also be used that will dissolve under your gums to protect your bone graft while simultaneously encouraging bone regeneration. This process is what we call guided bone regeneration or guided tissue regeneration.
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