As we walk around our office, we can’t help but notice the beautiful, restored smiles that greet us back from our many teeth restoration patients. Our patients love the fact that their dental implants provide them with natural looking replacement teeth that work and feel just like their natural teeth. We aren’t the only ones who have noticed all our happy patients. In fact, our current and prospective patients suffering from missing teeth have seen the results possible using dental implants, and have begun to ask us more and more questions about the restoration process. To answer these questions, Dr. Altschuler is blogging from Gainesville, FL to give a general overview of the dental implants process.
Restore Your Missing Teeth with Dental Implants
The dental implant process is a straightforward method for restoring missing teeth that can be broken down into three easy steps. These steps include:
During your procedure, Dr. Altschuler will make a small incision on your gums, exposing your jawbone. An implant fixture will then be placed in the empty spot left by your missing tooth before the area is stitched up for healing. At this point, it may be possible to attach an abutment and temporary replacement crown to your implant fixture. However, it is not uncommon to wait until after the recovery period before anything is connected to your implant fixture.
With the procedure complete, your implant fixture will need time to properly heal. This is the most important part of the restoration process as this is when osseointegration occurs. Osseointegration is the process of your implant fixture being accepted by your jawbone and gums as a natural part of your oral anatomy. This process is possible because dental implants are made from titanium, which is a metal the body doesn’t recognize as foreign. Each fixture is also covered in small holes, which your jawbone and gums will thread themselves through as they heal, pulling your implant fixture permanently into place.
Once your implant fixture has had enough time to heal, you will return to our practice so that Dr. Altschuler can connect your beautiful new replacement tooth. An abutment may also be placed at this point if one wasn’t already attached directly after the procedure. Our replacement crowns are custom made for each patient based on scans we take of their remaining natural teeth. By doing this, we can ensure that our patient’s dental implants will fit in perfectly with their natural teeth, ensuring that no one can even tell the difference between their natural and artificial teeth.
Call and Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Altschuler
While it is true that the dental implant process tends to require more time to complete than other restoration methods, the results more than make up for this. Dental implants are currently the only treatment for missing teeth that is both incredibly comfortable and completely stable. If you would like to learn more about the dental implant process or why you should choose them, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Altschuler today.