Dental Implants – The Gold Standard in Teeth Replacements
Once upon a time, if a person lost a tooth, they just had to live with the resulting gap. Over time, dental technologies were developed to give people tooth replacements-there are historical records of false teeth going back centuries, and modern times have afforded us such treatments as bridges and crowns. When you lose a tooth nowadays, it is no longer quite as troubling, because we have the ability to rebuild it. While saving your natural tooth’s roots is almost always preferable to choosing a tooth replacement, we can make the replacement as close to the natural tooth as technology has yet allowed.
What Is A Dental Implant Restoration?
Technically, the dental implant itself is a titanium screw that is placed by an oral surgeon in the jawbone. This screw acts in much the same way as your dental roots, as it fuses, or osseointegrates, into the bone tissue. This process can take several months to complete. For obvious reasons, patients must possess sufficient bone mass and health for an implant to be considered. Your dentist and oral surgeon will have to do a consultation and evaluation to ensure that you are a good candidate for dental implantation surgery.
After this osseointegration is complete and the surrounding oral tissues are healed, the restoration can be placed. A dental implant restoration is the actual prosthetic that is designed to act as the visible, working part of the tooth. When you come to Dr. Jacob Stein to have your implant restoration completed, you may be surprised by the speed with which you can have your new tooth placed. Because Dr. Stein has invested in state-of-the-art technology, your dental implant restoration can be fabricated in a matter of minutes using in-office technology. This replaces the old impression mold material at the same time that it eliminates the need to send that impression off to a dental lab to have the prosthetic fabricated. Using CAD/CAM technology and digital photography, Dr. Stein will make the needed “impression” and design the new tooth virtually. The design will then be uploaded to our computerized milling machine. The tooth can then be placed in the same visit, and you can begin speaking more clearly and smiling more widely immediately.
What are Some Benefits of Dental Implant Restoration?
When a patient has a need for a tooth replacement, a dental implant gives the most permanent solution. It is also easiest to care for, as it requires the same maintenance as the rest of your teeth-simple brushing and flossing, along with regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups. In addition, dental implants reduce the bone resorption that typically occurs at the site of a lost tooth. This makes dental implants a good choice to help maintain bone mass in the jaw. Better bone mass helps prevent the future loss of adjacent teeth.