Implant dentistry has improved the quality of life of people with missing teeth tremendously. Implant is an artificial root made of titanium placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth, bridge, or denture. They look, feel, and function like real teeth. Depending on the size, location, and condition of the surrounding tissue of the space, different prostheses can be placed on top of the implant(s).
What procedures are involved?
- Evaluation of the bone, surrounding tissue, adjacent teeth
- In some cases, special 3-D x-ray is required to evaluate the quality of the bone
- Bone graft and/or sinus lift
- Implant placement
- Temporary partial denture (flipper) to hold the space and protect the implant site
- Final restoration (crown, bridges, dentures)
How long is the whole procedure?
- Bone graft/sinus lift - about 4-6 months before implant can be placed after the procedure
- Implant - about 4-6 months before final restoration can be placed
What to expect after receiving implant?
Implant care is just like care for your natural teeth, it requires:
- Normal oral hygiene regimen
- Regular follow up with your general and implant dentists