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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The Next Best Thing - Dental Implants
If you are a candidate for dental implants, we highly recommend going this route over any other dental alternative for replacing missing teeth. Unlike a traditional bridge, it does not involve prepping the adjacent teeth. Dental implants is one of the strongest methods for replacing teeth because it’s anchored into the bone which allows it to act and feel like your natural tooth. Dental implants help restore proper chewing function and to stop the progression of bone loss by mimicking the roots of your tooth.
First, our dentists at VerdePointe Dental Associates will determine whether you are candidate for dental implants by completing a comprehensive exam and taking any necessary dental x-rays to see if you have enough bone to support the implant(s) and that your overall oral health is good. During the planning process, your dentist will determine exactly how and where to place the implant based on your jaw and tooth structure.
Next, your dentist will surgically place the implant which is made of titanium. Titanium implants are used because your body does not recognize it as a foreign object, therefore, allowing your actually bone to graft itself around the implant making it just as strong as your original tooth and root. A healing cap will then be placed over the implant, which could take several months to heal. In some instances, a temporary retainer (flipper denture) or temporary crown may be fabricated prior to the implant and inserted immediately after surgery for cosmetic reasons.
After the healing process, your implant is ready to be restored and fitted for a new custom dental crown. Your temporary appliance or healing cap will be replaced by a permanent post. This post, also known as an abutment, is what holds your new dental crown in place over the implant.