Bridges and dentures have long been the standard options to replace missing or failing teeth. Today, though, more and more dentists and patients are turning to dental implants instead. A single dental implant can support one crown, while implant supported dentures and fixed implant bridges use only a handful of implants to anchor stable, secure, highly realistic replacement teeth. Whichever dental implant procedure you select, the basic process is exactly the same.
Examination and Treatment Planning
The process begins with a complete examination to determine whether dental implants are the right solution for you. We will take X-rays and scans to learn the current state of your mouth and teeth, and then work with you to create a treatment plan. Note that if you have any other dental issues such as gum disease or decay, they must be addressed before implant work can begin.
Tooth Repair and Extraction
The next step is to repair any dental issues we found and give them time to heal. Then we will extract the failing teeth that will be replaced with implants. This is a relatively minor procedure that is performed under local anesthesia.
Bone Grafting (if Needed)
The majority of people do not need bone grafting. If your jawbone is not strong enough to support dental implants, though, we will need to perform this step. Bone grafting is a simple procedure, but it could take weeks or even months to heal.
Dental implant placement is considered a minor oral surgery. We will thoroughly numb your mouth and then cut a small flap in your gum tissue. Next, we will use a series of drills to create a small opening in your jawbone. We will screw in the implant and then replace the gum tissue.
We can top each dental implant with either a cover screw or a healing cap. A cover screw is flat, while a healing cap mimics the shape of the abutment that will attach the implant to the crown. Whichever we use, your mouth will need time to heal. We will provide you with a partial or full denture to wear during healing so that you are not without teeth.
Abutment and Crown
After a few weeks, your implant will be fused with your jawbone. You will then return to your dentist for an abutment and crown. This is a very minor procedure during which the dentist will replace the cover screw or healing cap with an abutment and then carefully secure the final restoration on top.
Whether you need a single implant or a full arch of teeth, our same day teeth allow you to have your teeth extracted, dental implants placed, and replacement teeth secured all in a single appointment. We will help you decide whether this option is right for you.
Ready to Get Started?
To learn more or to schedule a dental implant consultation, contact Periodontal Associates today at 508-875-6185 (Framingham) or 617-964-6185 (Newton).