Standard dental implants are solutions to patients who are missing teeth and would like a replacement option. The dentists at Eissens Dentistry can now fit our patients with implants that are so realistic when it comes to size, shape and color that they’re indistinguishable from our patients’ natural teeth. Only the patient and the dentist will know for sure!
What Are Standard Dental Implants?
The principle behind dental implants is simple, even though it takes a bit of work on the part of both the patient and the dentist. Basically, a crown is cemented on top of a post that is implanted into the jaw. But there are a few steps to go through before this happens.
First, the patient will need to consult with one of our dentists. Most people who have otherwise good oral health are candidates for dental implants, and we conduct a variety of tests to be sure.
We will have an X-ray taken of the tooth that needs to be replaced. Then, one of our dentists will prepare the area and place the implant, which is done under a local anesthesia. The post is made out of titanium, which has been known to be biologically compatible with bone.
In addition to single tooth implants, titanium posts can also be used to support full dentures. Instead of posts being placed everywhere where a tooth is missing, we place them strategically in the jaws to help anchor the dentures. This provides for a better fitting denture and eliminates the need for adhesives.
The Rest of the Procedure
After the post is implanted, the gums will heal typically in about a week, and the post will begin to fuse with the jaw. During this time, the patient will have several check-up appointments to ensure proper healing and progress.
When the bone has been fused with the post, we will take impressions of the patient’s mouth so that a crown or crowns can be created to match the natural teeth. The impressions will be sent to a dental lab for the crowns to be custom developed. Then, the patient will return to our offices to have the crown permanently installed.
Crowns are cared for very much like natural teeth. They’ll need to be brushed and flossed and checked as usual. We will review all the care guidelines during your appointments to ensure your questions are answered and you’re comfortable with the procedure.
Patients who are interested in dental implants shouldn’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Eissens Dentistry for a consultation.