Dental implants are used to restore teeth lost due to a traumatic event, gum disease, severe decay, or for teeth that did not erupt or failed to do so correctly.
Dental implants are intended for patients who have reached bone maturity. Once placed and the restoration is in place, this solution for tooth loss can last for your lifetime.
A consultation with your dentist will identify you as a candidate for a successful implant by performing a brief medical review and an extensive dental examination complete with dental x-rays. Tobacco users will be advised to quit as smoking is a primary cause for implant failure. The patient can expect the dental implant process to take up to a year from start to finish, and a commitment to on-going care is needed to guarantee a positive outcome.
Eligible patients will be scheduled for the first step which is surgically implanting a tiny titanium post in the socket where a tooth was lost. A protective covering will be placed to prevent the implant from moving during the healing period.
Jawbone will merge with the post during the months that follow. This process is referred to as osseointegration. Bone will merge with the post forming a stable support for the restoration that will eventually be placed.
Once this integration and healing are complete, the uncovering occurs. The final restoration has been made to match surrounding dentition and can be permanently cemented onto the abutment that has been affixed to the implant.
Small adjustments can be made at chairside, if needed. Your dentist is working for a superior fit and excellent aesthetics, and will settle for nothing less. Once satisfied that the restoration is exact, it can be permanently cemented in place.
At this time, you have a permanent solution to tooth loss. But this solution is exceptional as it restores your ability to speak without fear of slippage or loose teeth. You can now eat all the foods you desire, and your self-confidence is restored as you can now smile and laugh without embarrassment.
Caring for dental implants is identical to the care needed for biological teeth. Brush twice daily with a fluoridated tooth paste, floss daily and visit your dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and dental exam to make sure your dental implants continue to serve you well. Call us at the office of Daniel Bush, DDS, today to set up an appointment!