Dental Implant Placement
The concept of a dental implant has been around for several decades, but with time and technological advancements, the modern dental implant procedure is faster, safer, and more effective than ever. A dental implant is a titanium rod that replaces your tooth root. Depending on the location and number of missing teeth, a dental implant can be capped with a dental crown, bridge, or dentures. So, how does dental implant placement work?
- At an initial consultation with your dental implant dentist, you will discuss your current overall health, oral health, bone density, and determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants.
- If you qualify for dental implants, your dental implant dentist will take images of your mouth to analyze the optimal location for dental implant placement.
- During your surgery, your dental implant dentist will carefully place your new dental implant (a small titanium rod) where your tooth root used to be. Depending on the technology available in the office, most dental implant dentists will give you a temporary tooth until your permanent restoration is fabricated.
- Over a period of weeks and months your dental implant will naturally fuse together with the jawbone, creating a strong bond that will offer chewing support equal to that of a natural tooth.
- Meanwhile, your new dental crown, bridge, or dentures will be molded to match the color, shape, and contours of your smile. Your dental implant dentist will attach this restoration atop the dental implant to complete your beautiful new smile!
Ask your dental implant dentist what technology they have in the office. Many dental implant dentists are now using CT Scan equipment that takes high definition 3D images of your mouth prior to your implant surgery. These 3D images are used to look for potential problem areas for placement, and to determine the precise, optimal location for your dental implant. This precise placement cuts down on healing time and increases the likelihood for implant success. Other dental implant dentists are using new technology that allows them to fabricate dental restorations right there in the office using an in-office milling system. Modern dental implant technology is making the placement process more efficient and effective.
To find a dental implant dentist near you, use the Crown Council dentist locator on this page. Crown Council dentists are up-to-date on modern advancements in dentistry and committed to excellence.