Replace Your Missing Tooth Permanently
Did you know that a surgical implant is the longest lasting option for replacing missing teeth? When you suffer from a missing tooth, replacement can be a sticky situation. Although a quick fix like bridges or dentures can restore confidence and physical appearance, these procedures are much more temporary in nature and do not mimic the natural structure of the tooth root like dental implants.
What is Implant Dentistry?
An implant, built to mimic the natural structure of a tooth and tooth root, is surgically attached to your jawbone. This implant is constructed of titanium, which is a strong, biocompatible (accepted by the human body) material that will osseointegrate, or fuse, with your bone.
Because this procedure is invasive, the process can be more time consuming than receiving dentures or a bridge. However, implant dentistry outlasts both bridges and dentures. Implants can last over forty years!
Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentistry?
If you are missing a tooth, you may be a candidate. However, there are other factors to consider before opting for this surgery. If you suffer from any of the following, you may need to consider another tooth replacement procedure.
- Poor gum/Oral health
- Insufficient jawbone
- Under time constraints to replace teeth
How Does this Teeth Replacement Work?
In general, the entire process of receiving teeth replacements via implant dentistry can take anywhere from 5 to 8 months. Below is a general outline of the steps involved in getting dental implants.
Initial Stage/Implant Insertion. During this period, Dr. Max Breazeal will examine and clean your teeth to evaluate your need for implant dentistry. After your evaluation, if implants are a good choice for you, the actual implant surgery will be the first step. The implants, often resembling screws, are drilled into your jawbone and will take anywhere from 3 to 6 months to fuse with your jawbone. During this time, you will wear temporary dentures to cover and protect the area. We recommend you stay away from hot, hard or sticky foods during this time.
Abutments. After 3 to 6 months, the top of the implant will be uncovered from the gums and an extension of the post, called an abutment, will be attached to the implant. Your artificial tooth will eventually be attached to this. Your temporary dentures/teeth will be modified by Dr. Breazeal and attached to the abutment while your gums heal from this procedure.
Replacement teeth “try in”. After your gums have healed from the extension placement (usually taking 2-6 weeks) your replacement teeth will be crafted. During this stage you will be able to specify the color, shape and size of the artificial tooth/teeth. You will be able to “try in” a variety of artificial teeth for the most comfortable and satisfactory pick. Once chosen, your artificial tooth will be bonded to the extension post for a durable and long lasting tooth replacement!