What are Dental Implants?Dental implants consist of three parts:
|•||The Implant Screw—A small titanium screw that serves as the root element of a prosthetic tooth.
|•||The Abutment—A support structure that links the implant screw to the restoration.
|•||The Restoration—A prosthetic, typically made from porcelain or zirconia. Implants can be used to support a single crown, a fixed bridge, or a full mouth restoration.|
Dental implants have revolutionized the way we treat tooth loss. In almost every case, implants are superior to traditional bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures.
Dental Implant ProcessBefore you can receive a dental implant, Corbyn VanBrunt, DDS has to determine if you are a suitable candidate for implant treatment. During a consultation appointment, we will conduct a thorough examination, and review your medical and dental histories. We may also take x-rays and create impressions of your teeth and gums. Patients must have an adequate amount of bone to properly support an implant. For those with bone deterioration, you may need a bone graft before implantation is possible.
Once we have developed a proper and precise treatment plan, we can schedule the procedure. In most cases, the procedure is split into two surgeries. During the first surgery, Corbyn VanBrunt, DDS will make a small incision in the gum tissue to expose the bone. Next, we will drill a tiny hole so the implant can be deeply embedded in the jaw. Once the implant is in place, we will suture the incision.
For the next several months, the implant screw and your jaw will fuse together during the process of osseointegration. Osseointegration is crucial to the success of your implant and is largely responsible for the durability, stability, and longevity of an implant-supported restoration.
After osseointegration is complete, we can schedule the second surgery and place the abutment. In certain circumstances, the abutment can be placed at the same time as the implant screw, which eliminates the need for a second surgery. Once the abutment is in place, we will take an impression, make a model, and send it to the dental laboratory. At the lab, our technicians will use the model to fabricate your final restoration. After your restoration is complete, we will permanently bond it to the abutment.
Benefits of Dental ImplantsDental implants have some benefits that make them the ideal solution for tooth loss. For instance, implant-supported restorations are made from the strongest and most esthetically-pleasing material available. Your restoration will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. You will be able to eat all of your favorite foods, without worrying about damaging your restoration
Implant screws also prevent bone deterioration and other complications with your adjacent teeth. Once you lose a tooth, you lose the physical stimulation your jawbone needs to remain healthy. An implant screw provides the necessary stimulation to prevent deterioration. Also, an implant-supported restoration does not affect your adjacent teeth, unlike traditional bridges and partial dentures.