The dental implant is inserted into the jawbone, and then the false tooth also called a “pontic”, is attached. Made of titanium or zirconium (for more biologic metal-sensitive patients) which blends well with bone, implants create a strong support structure that will hold your false tooth to your jaw – for the rest of your life.
Once your implant is installed, the artificial tooth is installed. Unlike dentures, these teeth are not removable; they are permanent and behave like your natural teeth.
Local anesthesia will numb the nerves surrounding the dental implant area. With numbed nerves, you can expect not to feel any pain during your dental implant procedure. You may feel pressure at times, but it should not cause you discomfort.
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STEP #1 We will carefully examine your mouth and take digital x-rays or digital 3D images of your head, jaw and teeth to find out if dental implants are right for you.
STEP #2 During the first stage of surgery, a dental implant is placed into your will put into your jawbone beneath the gum tissue. The gum tissue is then stitched back into place. As the tissue heals, the implant will bond with the bone and attach to the gum. It can take several months to heal.
STEP #3 During the second stage of surgery and once the tissue is healed, an abutment is attached to the implant. An abutment is a post that connects the replacement tooth to the implant. In some cases, the first and second stages of implant surgery may be done in one single stage.
STEP #4 An artificial replacement tooth is made and attached to the abutment. When replacing several teeth or all of your teeth, a fixed bridge or denture on a hybrid restoration is anchored to your dental implants. A bridge is a dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth by spanning an area that has no teeth. The bridge is held firmly in place by dental implants on each side of the missing tooth or teeth.
Patients with no teeth or many missing teeth may require an implant retained denture or hybrid restoration which is fabricated with zirconia and denture-type materials.
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People who take certain medications, such as steroids or drugs that suppress the immune system may not be suitable candidates, either. And people with certain habits, such as people who severely grind or clench their teeth may put too much pressure on the implants, causing long-term damage.
That is why Dr. Palmer often does physiologic-based restorative cases in order to align the jaws teeth + muscles properly to prevent damage due to imbalanced forces. Grinding and clenching can often be eliminated with physiologic treatment.