Dental Implantology: The Future of Dentistry
Dental implants are becoming more and more popular as the standard of care when replacing missing or non-reparable teeth. Many times when a tooth is too far decayed, Dr. White will offer the option of a dental implant to replace the tooth in question.
Dr. White will perform a comprehensive dental exam using X-Ray and 3D technology to provide a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Then the following steps will take place:
Damaged Tooth Removal
Jawbone Preparation (grafting, if needed)
Dental Implant Placement
Bone Growth & Healing - [also known as Osseointegration (oss-ee-oh-in-tuh-GRAY-shun)] during this process, the jawbone grows into and unites with the surface of the dental implant. This process helps provide a solid base for your new artificial tooth — just as roots do for your natural teeth.
Abutment Placement - the piece where the crown will eventually attach
Artificial Tooth (Crown) Placement
QUICK FACTS ABOUT IMPLANTS
Dental implants don't get cavities or decay like regular teeth.
A dental implant can be treated just like a regular tooth (brushing twice a day and flossing once per day)
Dental Implants are typically made of specially coated titanium that allows your bone to grow onto it.
Dental Implants can look real with the use of a material called Zirconia, which is tooth-colored and mimics a natural tooth.
Dental Implants can help secure a removable prosthesis (like a partial or denture) and large spans of missing teeth can be replaced with dental bridges that are supported by implants
Immediately after a dental implant is placed most patients don't even have to take any pain medications.
For a more detailed description, visit the Mayo Clinic's page about Dental Implant Surgery here: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/dental-implant-surgery/about/pac-20384622