How Do Dental Implants Work? – Falls Church, VA
Dental Implants Mimic the Structure of Teeth
The most basic explanation for how a dental implant works is “just like one of your natural teeth!” There is a titanium post that substitutes for the root. Then there is the crown that stands in for the visible portion. Therefore, the construction and appearance of a complete dental implant is similar to a tooth, which makes it the ideal choice for replacement. Let’s look more closely at just how dental implants do the job.
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
First, you and Dr. Berrada will meet and talk about different tooth replacement options. If the two of you decide that dental implants are right for you, then you’ll learn what to expect from the process and the finished tooth. Implant surgery and recovery will also be explained, and our front office team will give you an estimate of the overall cost.
Next, the dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth in order to create a treatment plan. Your gums and the teeth surrounding the gap in your smile will be closely evaluated, as well as your facial features and jaw structure.
Dental Implant Surgery
The implant procedure is not complicated. First, a local anesthetic is administered to numb the site. If you like, we can also give you nitrous oxide to help you relax while you receive dental implants. Then, a small incision is made in your gums where you have a missing tooth. A special instrument similar to a drill removes a small piece of the bone, and the implant is inserted in its place. Over the course of the next several months, your gums will heal, and the implant and surrounding bone tissue will fuse together.
Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment
This fusion between the implanted post and the bone is called osseointegration. During this stage of the process, your new implant actually becomes part of your jawbone. This bond guarantees a firm foundation for your new tooth.
After osseointegration is complete, an abutment is attached to the implant. This small but important piece keeps the implant in place and connects the final tooth restoration to the post.
Placement of Dental Implant Restorations
Finally, it will be time to attach the restoration to the abutment. The extent of your tooth loss will help determine what kind of restoration is necessary. For one missing tooth, you will need a porcelain crown. If you have several missing teeth, then a bridge can be attached; this requires two to four implants. A full denture can be permanently attached to several strategically positioned implants if you are missing an entire row of teeth.