Dental Implant Restoration
Dental Implant Procedure
A dental implant is a tiny titanium screw that mimics the root component of a prosthetic tooth. The procedure is usually broken into three stages: placement of the implant placement of the abutment, and placement of the restoration.
During the first stage, our dentists will perform minor surgery to place the implant screw below the gum and into the jawbone. We will have to drill a small hole in the bone so that the implant can be deeply embedded in the jaw. Once the implant is in place, the incision is sutured, and the surgery is complete. The length of surgery depends on the number of implants you receive and the type of restoration.
For the next several months, your bone and the implant will fuse together. This process is known as osseointegration. Osseointegration is largely responsible for the strength, durability, and longevity of implant-supported restoration. For osseointegration to be successful, there must be an adequate amount of bone in the jaw. In some cases, a patient may need to receive a bone graft before implantation is possible.
Once you are fully healed, and osseointegration is complete, we can proceed to the second stage of the procedure. During a second minor surgery, the implant is exposed so we can attach an abutment. An abutment is a support structure that links the screw to the restoration. Once the gum tissue has properly healed around the abutment, we can place your final restoration.
In many instances, we will fabricate a temporary restoration for you to use while you heal. The temporary restoration will protect the implant and abutment from the forces of your bite.
Types of Implant Restorations
There are now a wide variety of dental implant procedures that vary in duration and materials. Implants can be used to support some restorations, including:
Schedule a Consultation Visit
If you would like to learn more about dental implants, schedule your consultation visit today by calling Tulsa: (539) 302-3266 Claremore: (918) 343-4300.