The loss of one or more teeth may seem like an insurmountable challenge to overcome. Thankfully, today we have dental implants that provide a solution that no other treatment currently available can match. A discussion with your dentist will demonstrate how implant dentistry has revolutionized the tooth replacement process.
A visit with your dentist will include a discussion about your general health and a thorough dental exam. This will include x-rays to determine bone strength, and the possible need for bone augmentation.
The implant itself is a titanium post that is placed in gum tissue during a surgical procedure where tooth loss has occurred. During the subsequent healing period, instructions will be issued about care to prevent infection. Tobacco users will be instructed to discontinue as infection and smoking are the leading causes of implant failure.
When bone has fused to the implant and the healing period is complete, the patient is ready for the final step … placing the cosmetic restoration. The replacement tooth has been made to look just like neighboring teeth making this solution to tooth loss virtually undetectable.
The restoration will be tried in and adjustments are made, if needed. It will be securely cemented in place, and your implant procedure is completed. No special care is needed going forward. Brush and floss daily and visit our team at Thompson Dental as recommended.