One of the most attractive aspects of Dental Implants is their permanence. The titanium fixture is anchored into the jawbone and fuses with the living bone cells. Unlike natural teeth, dental implants don’t need to be cleaned or maintained. Patients can even use them to replace missing teeth, making them a great option for many people. The process of implant placement is quite simple. There are two main steps: the first stage involves the insertion of a titanium post into the jawbone. This post is designed to mimic the root of a natural tooth, and will help keep the jawbone healthy and secure. Dr. Morton carefully plans the angle and placement of the implant. The implant will be allowed to fuse to the jawbone over a period of time, during which a temporary crown will be placed.
The initial surgical procedure is relatively painless and involves local anesthesia. The dentist can also offer oral sedation to help ease the patient’s anxiety. In some cases, a damaged tooth will need to be removed from the implant site. After the implant is placed, a bone graft is placed on the site. It will take three to six months for the implant to integrate with the bone and teeth. It’s important to remember that the success of the implant depends on your body’s ability to heal.
A series of dental tests are performed to ensure that the implants are properly anchored in the jawbone. A post is secured with screws and a prosthetic component, called an “abutment,” is attached to the implant. The abutment holds the replacement tooth or crown. The dentist will take an impression of the abutment in your mouth, and then create the customized implant crown. Once the implant crown has been fitted, the procedure is completed.