Dental implants are needed in cases where a patient is missing one or more of their natural teeth. Dental implants are permanent replacements for the natural teeth, and they look and function just like the natural teeth do and they support your natural teeth to keep them from shifting.
Yes. Because your new implants will become a permanent part of your smile, Dr. George will need specialized imaging before your dental implant surgery. Using dental cone beam computed tomography, or CBCT, Dr. George can get highly detailed pictures of your gums, jawbone, and neighboring teeth. The CBCT images also highlight your nerve paths, all on a highly detailed 3D image.
A CBCT machine can generate 3D detailed images right in Dr. George’s office. It’s ideal for determining how much bone tissue you have to secure your implant and that your implant gets placed perfectly. CBCT images aren’t typically used as everyday dental X-rays, since radiation exposure is greater, but still far less than a CT scan.
During the initial dental implant visit at George Family Dental care, Dr. George will take CBCT X-rays and take an impression of your teeth. This impression is then used to fabricate dental implants that are uniquely sized and shaped to fit the spaces in your mouth.
To install an implant, a screw is inserted into the jaw surgically. A small incision is created within the gums to properly insert the implant. Once the implant is in place, the gums are stitched securely closed again.
A healing period of three to six months is needed after the implant is installed. During this period, the implant will become fused to the jaw bone. This is known as osseointegration. During the osseointegration process, patients will typically wear temporary crowns so that they're able to eat, drink, and talk normally.
With the implant completely healed, the abutment can be placed on the implant. The abutment acts as a base for the prosthetic tooth. After the abutment is in place, Dr. George will create a mold of it so a permanent restoration can be made. Finally, the permanent restoration is placed on the abutment using dental cement.
Dental implants need much the same type of care as natural teeth. Brush and floss every day, and have check-ups and cleanings regularly for the best possible results. With proper care, your implants will last for a decade or longer.
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