At #TheSmileDoc, Dr. Armando Reid specializes in dental implant placements and custom-built restorations to restore your teeth after implant surgery. Contact us to schedule an appointment now, or learn more below.
A dental implant is a screw-shaped titanium post that is placed directly into your jaw bone, where it permanently bonds with the surrounding tissue through a process called osseointegration. The implant acts just like a natural tooth root and can be used in combination with a variety of restorations to complete your smile. An implant restoration is the false tooth or teeth that attach to one or more dental implants and actually replace your missing teeth. This restoration is held tightly in place by the dental implant 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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If you're missing one or more teeth, and don't want to rely on dentures or other prosthetics to restore your smile, dental implants may be right for you. Because the implant mimics the function of your natural roots, implants provide a comfortable solution for missing teeth that won't move around or shift in your mouth.
Dental implants don't require any additional care outside of good oral hygiene habits like regular brushing, flossing, and routine visits and cleanings. Plus, unlike dentures, implants actually help preserve the bone density of your jaw to keep your smile healthy for years to come.
The implant process begins with a consultation. Dr. Reid will perform a comprehensive exam, and take 3D scans of your entire mouth to get a complete of the state of your oral health. Once it has been determined that your jaw is strong enough to support a dental implant, the process can begin in earnest.
To place the implant, Dr. Reid will make an incision in your gums and place the dental implant post directly into your jawbone. He'll then close up the site and you'll be sent home to heal.
It usually takes about 2 weeks for your gums to heal, but somewhere between 3 months and 6 months for the implant to finish fusing with your bone. 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 with our intraoral scanner.
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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