Dental Implants are a permanent solution to replace missing teeth. Schedule a consultation to learn if dental implants are right for you.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a permanent option to replace missing teeth. They are very safe and can last many years. An implant consists of two parts; The dental implant and the implant crown. The dental implant is sometimes referred to as the implant “screw” by patients. The implant “screw” is surgically placed into the bone. The implant crown is placed on the dental implant and this is the part of the “tooth” that you see above the gum. The dental implant and implant crown are treated in 2 different steps.
A heavily decayed or broken tooth can be extracted and replaced with a dental implant. After extraction, a bone grafting material may be placed to ensure adequate bone for the implant. After this extraction and bone graft, it takes 3-4 months for the bone to heal to be ready for the implant surgery. The dental implant is placed into the bone and can take approximately 3-4 months to properly heal. During this healing process, a healing cap is placed over the implant. This healing cap is at the level of the gum and cannot be used to bite or chew.
After the implant heals, the healing cap is removed and an impression is taken to send to the dental lab. The impression is used to make the permanent implant crown. The permanent crown is then screwed into the implant. The crown will be checked for the proper bite and finished and polished. Dental implants can last a very long time if given proper care. It is important to keep the crown and implant clean, brushing and flossing the area twice daily.
(Timeline can vary)
Implant placement →Wait 3-4 months → Implant Crown Impression→ Wait 2 weeks→ Crown Delivery
* If extraction or bone graft is necessary, it is usually performed approximately 3-4 months prior to implant placement
How Long Is An Implant Appointment?
The surgical placing of the dental implantvcan vary greatly in time. This procedure depends on the complexity of the case and can take up to 2 hours. The implant crown appointments take about an hour. These appointments require multiple impressions to create the perfect tooth replacement.
Types of Dental Implant Restorations
1. Single Tooth Implants
These implants replace one tooth in the mouth.
2. Multiple Tooth Implants
These replace more than one tooth. They can be multiple single dental implants, one implant for each dental crown. They can also be dental implants connected by an implant bridge. A bridge would require less dental implants to be surgically placed than multiple single implant crowns.
3. Full Mouth Dental Implants
Multiple implants supporting multiple individual crowns or bridges for patients missing all of their teeth.
4. All On 4
These 4 dental implants support a full arch of teeth connected to each other like a large dental bridge. These restorations are “fixed” meaning they stay in the mouth permanently and can only be removed by the dentist.
5. Implant Overdenture
Dentures that are retained by dental implants are known as implant overdentures. The denture stays in the mouth by locking onto the implant. Overdentures can be taken in and out by the patient and should be removed every night for cleaning. Lower overdentures most frequently require 2-4 implants and upper overdentures require 4-6 implants.