Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
What Are Dental Implants?
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the bone. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth:
1. the surgeon first replaces the root with a dental implant. 3-4 months is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.
2. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and
3. a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment, by your dentist. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed.
There is not one standard treatment that suits everyone. There are many treatment and restorative options available. During your consultation appointment, you will be given the various options for your specific need.
There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.