Dental Implants Procedure
Dental implants offer a natural looking, more permanent solution to replace missing teeth. The dental implants procedure is fairly simple and can be performed in as little as two dental visits. Implants can be used to replace one more missing teeth and can even be used in place of dentures to replace all of the teeth.
Dental implants look and function more like natural teeth when compared to dentures. Because they are implanted directly into the jaw bone in most cases, there is no concern for slipping or rubbing associated with traditional false teeth.
The dental implants procedure begins with the placement of the new root. This is typically made of titanium and is a cylinder shaped screw. Once this is implanted into the socket of the original tooth in the jaw bone, sufficient time is given for the bone in the jaw to actually fuse with the screw in a process called osseointegration. This fusing process can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months. A special metal connector called an abutment may be placed at this time. The abutment is a piece of metal that attaches directly to the screw. The new tooth crown is attached to the abutment.
In some cases, the abutment is attached at a separate appointment. A small amount of gum tissue will be removed to uncover the tip of the screw. The abutment is attached to this exposed part of the screw for a permanent base for the new tooth crown. The gum will be allowed to heal before placement of the crown.
There are a variation in options available that depend on individual circumstances and patient needs. Our Los Angeles dental implants expert can work with you in a treatment plan to determine if implants are right for you and explain more about the dental implants procedure.
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