A dental implant restoration is the false tooth or teeth that attach to one or more dental implants and actually replace your missing teeth. This restoration attaches to the metal implant that’s permanently attached to your gums and jaw and is held tightly in place to restore your smile. There are three common types of dental implant restorations, as follows:
One dental crown can be used with a single dental implant to replace one missing tooth. This is the most common type of implant restoration.
This type of dental implant restoration consists of 3+ false teeth, which attach to two dental implants in your mouth. They are used to replace multiple adjacent missing teeth.
Implant-supported dentures attach to a series of 4-6 dental implants. They can be used to restore the upper row, lower row, or both rows of teeth. They are held in place securely, making them a great alternative to traditional dentures.
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Because dental implant surgery is only part of the process. Once your implant has been surgically placed, your mouth must heal for up to 3-6 months. Then, when it’s fully healed, you’ll come to see #TheSmileDoc for a permanent tooth restoration.
After your implant has healed and your restoration has been placed, the process will be complete, and you can eat, smile, speak, and laugh with confidence once again.
The process usually begins while you heal and recover from your implant placement surgery. During this time, Dr. Reid will have you come in for a few appointments at #TheSmileDoc. We’ll check on your healing progress, and take images and impressions of your teeth.
This information will be used to begin building your implant restoration, such as a dental crown. A couple of weeks before your last appointment, you’ll need to come in to have an “abutment” attached to your dental implant. This is what will connect your implant to the dental implant restoration.
Once that’s done, you’ll come in for one last appointment at #TheSmileDoc. Dr. Reid will check the dental implant restoration to make sure it fits, then it will be bonded in place permanently, completing your procedure.
This depends on the type of dental implant restoration, and how well you care for your teeth. Like natural teeth, dental implant restorations like crowns are exposed to wear and tear from chewing, biting, and eating. That means they can wear out over time.
In most cases, you will need to replace your dental implant restoration about once every 10-15 years. This process is fast and simple and requires no surgery. This is one of the reasons why it’s important to see Dr. Reid for six-month cleanings and oral exams after your dental implant placement. He can monitor the health of your implants and implant restorations, and make sure they are in good shape.
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