A missing tooth (or more) can make someone feel quite self-conscious. Fortunately, there are restorative dental procedures that can make you look like you’ve never lost your tooth at all – such as a tooth implant. Considered one of the best restorative procedures today, an implant not only provides the most natural-looking replacement for your missing tooth but also ensures original function and feel are restored as well. Moreover, this treatment is able to preserve the healthy and original structure of your mouth.
This procedure is ideal for people who have:
- good oral hygiene,
- overall health
- Sufficient jawbone to which the implant can be attached.
It usually takes several months for the entire procedure to be completed to ensure every stage of the process has no complications that can compromise the success of the treatment.
The tooth implant process consists of surgeries and placement of a crown – these can take about a year or so to be completed. There are techniques, however, that make the treatment shorter, such as those used for mini-implants wherein the implants, healing caps and crown are placed in the same visit.
With the traditional process where two procedures are required, there’s usually an interval of three to six months between them in order to ensure proper healing. In the first part, the dentist will create a small incision in the gum; this is where the implant will be placed. Afterward, he or she will drill a hole in the bone where the implant will be anchored. Once the implant is securely in place, the incision will be stitched closed.
For three to six months, the patient will be given time to heal and for the implants to fuse with the bone. Once that period is over, the second part of the process will commence. This will involve a new incision to expose the implant and the application of a healing cap or collar. The healing cap will work to help gum tissues in the implant area to heal.
After the gum tissues have healed (which will be in the course of a few weeks), the dentist will remove the healing cap. The abutment, a material made of titanium, gold or porcelain and shaped like a tooth, will be screwed to the implant in order to support the crown.
The process is done and it’s just all recovery from here. Patients are expected to follow implant care tips to a T for faster healing.
If you want to restore a missing tooth with a dental implant, our dentist in Dublin, OH can perform the entire procedure, including the X-rays and even necessary treatments to ensure your oral health.