Dental implant restoration is a process used for individuals who are missing a teeth or have severely decayed teeth that will need to be removed. The process typically involves several procedures that ultimately close gaps within teeth or replace decayed teeth with permanent, implanted teeth.
The Dental Implant Restoration Process
The first step in ensuring whether or not a patient is in a good position for this procedure is checking the state of their jaw bone to determine if the bone can provide adequate support for an implant. This is usually done with an x-ray. If the bone is not sufficient to support an implant, bone grafting procedures may be required to build up the jaw bone strength before the dental implant process can move forward.
Once the jaw bone strength is deemed strong enough, the dental implant restoration process will require a surgical procedure to place implants into the jawbone. This implant acts as a tooth root, eventually fusing with the jaw bone, and will be affixed with an abutment. The abutment is basically a small metal tooth that will later be capped with a porcelain crown to assimilate with the other teeth in the mouth.
The length of the various appointments and procedures typically spans over 5-6 months, but will depend on the strength of your jaw bone and the speed of healing. Quicker implant procedures are also becoming more common with many of the separate implant, abutment and crown steps happening during a single appointment.
Why Do I Need a Dental Implant Restoration?
A dental implant restorations can provide patients with a more confident smile by closing gaps between teeth and providing the same chewing strength and capabilities as normal teeth. Dental implants also provide a low-maintenance, more permanent solution over dentures or a prosthetic retainer.
For more information on the dental implant restoration procedure contact the dental professionals at Westend Dental.