Dental implants are artificial teeth that are used to replace teeth that have been lost. Because they are implanted into your jaw, they look, feel and function just like your natural teeth.
Several visits are required for dental implant procedures. In the first visit, the titanium post will be implanted into the jaw to serve as the new artificial “root” for the crown that will be placed on top. During the next few weeks, the bone will fuse with the post, helping to stabilize and strengthen it. Once the post has become fused with the bone (a process called osseointegration), at the next visit a metal device called an abutment will be attached to the post and an impression will be made to serve as a model for the artificial tooth or crown. Once the crown is made, it will be attached to the abutment at the next visit and then gently shaped for the most comfortable fit and most natural-looking results.
No, one of the best things about implants is they can be cared for just like your natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups to make sure the surrounding gum is healthy. No special cleansers, soaking solutions or messy adhesives are required, and there's no risk of slippage or sore spots that can occur with dentures.
When a tooth is lost, eventually the bone used to support the tooth will begin to disintegrate or become very thin. If that happens, a bone graft may be needed to build up the jaw first before an implant can be used. Dr. Steinbach will be able to determine if your jaw can support an implant on its own.
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