Dental implants are one of the most advanced ways to replace missing teeth. They provide a permanent, realistic approach to give you the look and function that you desire without any risks of embarrassment. The process is completed in two parts which can span between 6-8 months depending on your mouth's ability to heal. Understanding how they work and what to expect can help make the process less anxiety provoking and more exciting as you obtain the full function of your mouth once again!
The Implant Surgery
The first step in the process is surgically placing the implants in to the jawbone. The implants are titanium screws which are efficiently placed where your previous, natural root once existed. The screw is meant to take the place of this root, helping to stimulate jawbone regrowth while also holding a place for the future crown.
Titanium is the chosen material for the implant, as it is a metal that is able to fuse with your jawbone through a process called osseointegration, without any further work being done or any type of pain. During the implant surgery, we will open up your gum line, gaining access to the jawbone where the screws are implanted. Once the process is complete, your gums are closed and your mouth is left alone to heal. This process can take several months and is different for every patient.
Placing the Crown
Once your mouth has healed and your jawbone has accepted the new root, we can place the porcelain crown on the implant. The crown is specifically made to meet your needs, meaning that it matches the color and shape of your surrounding teeth. We accomplish this by taking an impression of your mouth in order to have the custom porcelain crowns made for you. Once we place the crowns, they will be a permanent fixture in your mouth, allowing you to smile, talk, and chew with ease.
In some cases, before we can place the dental implants, your jawbone needs to be stronger. If there was sufficient bone loss before you came in for implants, this could be a very real possibility for you. If this is the case, we will use bone grafting in order to properly enhance the area to allow it to accept the implant. If you do not have adequate bone, the implant could fail.
Bone grafting is a simple procedure that is done before the implant surgery and usually uses bone from other areas of your own body to make your jawbone stronger. While this process will add several months to the entire implant process as your mouth will need to time to heal and accept the bone grafting, it is a way to guarantee the success of the procedure.
Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation
Dental implants are a very effective way to replace missing teeth, as they help to enhance your self-esteem, ability to chew, and your ability to enjoy life—especially when compared to other solutions. If you are missing teeth, now is the perfect time to find out if dental implants are a viable choice for you. Don't waste time as your bone loss could become more severe - call us today at (503) 292-8996 to discuss dental implants!