How Are Dental Implants Placed?
- Posted on: Apr 22 2015
For many years, the only options for patients with missing teeth were fixed or removable restorations that sat on top of the gum tissue where there once was a tooth. Even improvements in dental materials and technology didn’t change the fact that only the tooth above the gum line was being replaced. Now, patients in and around Ardmore can get the most comprehensive tooth replacement possible with dental implants.
Dental implants completely restore the missing structure of a lost tooth, from the root to the crown. To achieve this level of restoration, the dentist must surgically place the implant below the gums.
Implant surgery generally consists of the following steps:
- A small incision is made in the gums – the surgeon will pull the tissue back like a flap
- The implant, which is shaped like a small screw, is inserted into the empty socket in the jaw bone
- The incision is sutured closed, either sealing the implant beneath the gums or leaving space at the top for a connective component called an abutment – Dr. Marshall will discuss whether the abutment should be placed the day of surgery or at a later date
- After a period of months, the implant will bond with the jaw bone
- Dr. Marshall will fabricate a custom restoration and attach it to the abutment – with our CEREC system, this step can be completed in a single appointment
Once the dental implant has bonded with the bone, it will be as strong as a natural tooth root. Rather than simply resting on the gums, the completed restoration will be deeply anchored to your jaw bone, giving the replacement tooth lifelike strength and stability.
If you’re considering dental implants and you’d like to know more about what’s involved in the procedure, please contact The Office of Lindsey F. Marshall, DMD, through our online contact form, or call (610) 649-0696 today. Dr. Marshall serves patients throughout the Philadelphia area.
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