What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a specialized procedure performed by a specialist called a prosthodontist who is highly trained to restore or replace teeth with implants, dentures or bridges.
An implant is a synthetic tooth that is screwed into the jawbone as a permanent replacement for a lost or removed tooth.
Patients who require more than one implant can have work done on several teeth at the same time. For more substantial tooth loss, patients consider dentures, All-on-4 or All-on-6 implant options. Your dental professional reviews options with you to help you select the right treatment.
What happens during the procedure?
A dental implant starts local anesthesia so you do not feel pain and are awake during the treatment. The prosthodontist drills a small hole into the jaw bone where the missing tooth had been. A special implant screw is inserted into the jaw bone and covered with gum to allow the screw to become settled in the mouth and fixed to the jawbone. A temporary crown is fitted over the implant to protect the screw to allow the implant to heal for two to six months.
For most people, a second visit to the prosthodontist is needed. The temporary crown is removed and a permanent crown is fitted over the implant and cemented in place. The replacement tooth or teeth are fixed in place and are not removable like dentures or bridges.
Why travel for dental?
The high cost of dental implants motivates dental patients to travel for affordable and high quality services. Depending on your dental needs and provider your treatment can be completed in one visit using a technique like the All-on-4 implants. Your particular situation may require a longer treatment time from six weeks to six months.
Quick Facts about Dental Implants
- Replace missing teeth
- Alternative to bridges or dentures
- Variety of treatments depending on your needs
- Also consider All-on-4 or All-on-6 options
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