Dental implants are now the standard of care in today’s dental society for a number of reasons. Implants are utilized to offer patients a foundation for new teeth where natural teeth are missing or have been extracted. The implant offers the patient the opportunity to regain normal function of the tooth without being forced to resort to a bridge or a denture. Both of which can cause deterioration of teeth and bone.

There are many appealing benefits to receiving dental implants:

    before the implant


  • The implant will grow to existing bone, acting as an artificial tooth root.
  • The new implant will support your teeth firmly and safely.
  • Implants are stronger than natural teeth and cannot get cavities.
  • Implants reinforce your remaining natural teeth making them last longer!
  • Your new implants are esthetically pleasing.
  • You will no longer have pain while talking or eating.
  • The dental implant will prevent progressive bone loss.

The tooth structure has two main sections, the root and the crown. The root is the section of the tooth that is below the gum line. A dental implant acts as the replacement for this section of the tooth. The titanium implant acts as an anchor in the jawbone. The first step of the procedure is surgical placement of the implant, under regular dental anesthetic and sedation. It is a very comfortable procedure.

This process can take from 1-3 hours depending on the number of implants being placed.

This implant will be left untreated for a period of 3-6 months. During this time, the bone will grow around the implant in a process called osseointegration.  The implant cannot move during this time to be successful.  It is different than the “implants or teeth in a day” procedure that is covered here.

after the implants were put into place


A removable temporary may be utilized during this time period to allow for chewing and to preserve the cosmetic appearance.
The next step in the process is to attach a tooth to the implant. Once the implant has had sufficient time to heal and impression is taken much like it is for a conventional crown or “cap” except without any shots or drilling in the mouth. It is a short appointment.

There are two types of implant crowns that can be made.

The most common is the cement retained implant crown. This is similar to your conventional crowns or caps that go on teeth but they have two parts. An Abutment or “post” that is screwed into the top of your implant. And the crown which is then cemented to the Abutment or “post”.

Then there is the screw retained implant crown. The abutment or “post” are fused as one and the entire crown is screwed into place. It will have an access hole through the top of it that will require a filling material to be placed. This can sometimes cause esthetic issues but eliminates the need for cement. Ask Dr. Pottorff if this is best for you!

Either way your final result will be comfortable and cosmetically pleasing. Your completed implant will be fully functional, allowing you to resume normal activities.

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