Implants The lasting solution for tooth replacement
If you’re missing one or more teeth, or have decaying teeth that need to be replaced, dental implants are the most ideal way to replace those teeth.
In the past, patients had limited options for replacing their teeth that would offer temporary relief, but those procedures could not prevent the bone loss and facial collapse that eventually occurs when the tooth’s root is gone.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a titanium root that is surgically implanted, replacing your natural tooth’s root to prevent the body from losing bone where the tooth is missing. Implanting is a 3-part procedure that includes:
- Implant Fixture
- Final restoration of a crown, denture, or bridge
The implant fixture is threaded, like a screw, and is placed surgically into the bone. Over a period of about 4 to 5 months, the bone grows into the threads, completely integrating the implant into the jaw. This will be the anchor that supports the rest of the dental restoration. Placement of the fixture is the only surgical portion of the process.
About 4 months later, an abutment is attached to the fixture, and impressions or digital scans are taken. The abutment is the connector between the fixture and any dental work that will be attached. The final restoration will be determined by your specific needs.
Are dental implants right for you?
Although dental implants are the most natural and long-lasting solution for tooth replacement, dental treatments are not one-size-fits-all. Ricardo Perez, DDS will need to consider your entire mouth and dental needs in order to recommend the procedures that are right for you.
Additionally, while immediate, or one-day implants do exist, they are not as simple as they sound. There is always a healing, or integration period of 4-5 months that must be considered when deciding if a dental implant is the best choice for your tooth replacement.