Missing teeth can lead to serious complications later down the road, such as a misaligned bite, crooked teeth, and bone deterioration. Luckily, patients have more tooth replacement options than ever before. At Stephen L Ruchlin DDS we specialize in several full-tooth restorations, including dental implants. Dental implant placements have revolutionized the way we treat tooth loss. Thanks to their many benefits, it's no wonder that implants have become the industry standard for tooth replacement. An implant-supported restoration is the next best thing to your natural teeth!
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that we surgically embed below the gum tissue and into the jawbone. The implant post serves as the root component of a prosthesis. After a brief healing period the post is attached to an abutment, or support structure, that links the implant to the restoration. Thanks to technological advancements implants can be used to support a single crown, a fixed bridge, or even a full-arch restoration!
The Dental Implant Process
The dental implant process begins with a consultation appointment. During your consultation, Dr. Ruchlin will perform a series of diagnostic tests to ensure you are a suitable candidate for dental implant treatment. Most patients healthy enough to undergo minor surgery will qualify. Implants do require a significant amount of bone in the jaw. If your bone is too soft or too thin, we may recommend a bone graft.
Once we determine you are a suitable candidate for dental implants, we will develop an appropriate treatment plan. Most implant procedures are broken up into two surgeries. During the first surgery, we will make a minor incision in the gum tissue to expose the underlying bone. Next, we will place the implant deep within the jawbone.
Over the next several months, the implant and your jawbone will fuse through the process of osseointegration. Osseointegration is largely responsible for the many benefits of dental implants, mimicking the natural relationship between tooth root and socket.
Once osseointegration is complete, we will schedule the second surgery to place the abutment. After the abutment is in place, we take an impression of the area. The impression will be used by our laboratory technicians to fabricate your final restoration. Once your restoration is ready, we will permanently attach it to the implant post.
The dental implant is a great long-term solution to broken or missing teeth that can drastically improve your self-confidence and quality of life. From the first consultation for the implants to the implant surgery, the process takes between four and five months, along with the recovery time. The recovery process depends on individual cases and can vary from person to person. Stephen L Ruchlin DDS ensures you are well aware of the entire procedure, the cost of the implants, associated risks, and recovery instructions.
Dental implant restoration is an excellent, long-term solution for tooth replacement. While it can help you regain the natural look and function of your teeth, it is still a big decision. One major thing many patients wonder about is how long the dental implants will last. Although multiple factors can impact the lifespan of the implants, dental implants are designed to be a permanent solution. This indicates that the implant can last decades with proper care. Stephen L Ruchlin DDS uses the best innovative technology to produce the right implants that meet your needs and requirements.
Benefits of Dental Implants
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