If you lose or break a tooth, it can be replaced with dental implants. If you’ve ever wondered what’s involved in the dental implant procedure, Carrington Dental Care can help! Below is a short explanation and some of the benefits to implant dentistry.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored to the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. One of the major benefits of a tooth implant is that it does not rely on neighboring teeth for support, so it doesn’t affect the already healthy teeth. They are also permanent and stable, so your implant is able to look and function like any other natural tooth.
What are Dental Implants made of?
Tooth implant material is made from different types of metallic and bone-like ceramic materials that are compatible with body tissues. Most dental implants are made of titanium, which bonds well with bone and is biocompatible, making it an ideal material for a tooth implant. The dental crowns that are placed over dental implants are made right here in our office while you wait, using the amazing CEREC® crown-in-a-day dental technology.
How are implants placed?
First, a brief surgical procedure is performed to place the implant’s root into the jaw.
Healing time may take anywhere from 8-12 weeks and at times up to six months for the jawbone to grow around the anchor and hold it firmly in place. Don’t worry, though, we won’t let you go without a nice looking smile. There is a temporary means to replace that tooth while you wait for your final implant to be ready.
Once the tooth implant is stable and the gums have healed, we will make the artificial tooth and fit it to the post portion of the anchor. Dr. Bauer will work with you to create an implant that fits well and is both comfortable and attractive.
Who places the implants?
Depending upon their training, general dentists, oral surgeons, or other specialists can place implants. Dr. Bauer has been trained and continues to take continuing implant dentistry education courses to keep up with the latest technology and science of placing and restoring implants. He has been placing dental implants for years.