Implant Dentistry Experts
A dental implant is a synthetic tooth made from titanium metal that takes place of an original tooth root and is then used as an attachment piece for the missing tooth crown to be cemented on. If you wear dentures that are uncomfortable/unstable, an implant retained denture may be a great option for.
There are 3 steps to placing an implant:
- An oral surgeon or periodontist places the implant into the bone.
- The bone then osseointegrates or fuses into the implant. The success of the implant is based on the amount of osseointegration. Once the implant is placed, the healing process can take anywhere from 4-6 months before a replacement tooth (crown) is cemented or screwed into the implant. Some implants may have the replacement tooth (crown) placed in one visit when the implant is placed.
- The last step is the placement of the crown or denture teeth. For a single crown, a crown is designed to fit the missing space and resemble your natural tooth. Bridges and dentures can also be fabricated to fit the implant. Implant retained dentures are a successful option for patients having unstable dentures due to lack of bone height.
Do You Need Dental Implants?
If you are wondering if dental implants are the right option for you, please schedule a visit at Dr. Charles D. Paul and Dr. Sarah C. Condra’s dental office at 317-888-7295.