• Dr Ben White, DDS

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.


THE PROCESS

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:



  1. Damaged Tooth Removal

  2. Jawbone Preparation (grafting, if needed)

  3. Dental Implant Placement

  4. 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.

  5. Abutment Placement - the piece where the crown will eventually attach

  6. Artificial Tooth (Crown) Placement


QUICK FACTS ABOUT IMPLANTS

  • The 10-year success rate of Dental implants is 96%.

  • 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

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