When you are missing one or more of your teeth, you probably wonder what choices are available to you in order to restore your smile. Luckily, major advances in modern implant dentistry have made dental implants a viable choice for many patients trying to replace a tooth. Dental implants require three simple steps and are discussed in more detail below.
– Step 1
An initial consultation is the first step. At Michigan Implants & Periodontics, we believe that before making any decisions about your teeth and oral care, you should understand and consider all of your options. We will explore all the options available to you during an initial consultation and provide accurate information on the pros and cons of each alternative. The proper information will help you make the best decision, and then Dr. Katranji can begin to develop a treatment plan that is specific for you. In order for the implant procedure to be successful, you must have adequate bone density. If a bone augmentation is required for the implant, our doctors will discuss the situation with you thoroughly.
– Step 2
Step 2 consists of the procedure itself. A titanium post will be mounted inside your jawbone during the procedure. This is accomplished through creating a small opening in the gums. The bone will start to fuse to the post after placement, providing a stable base for your new tooth. The process is called osseointegration and will take place within two to six months of the procedure. A temporary tooth may be inserted as a substitute during this time to augment your smile and to prevent your teeth from moving.
– Step 3
Once the post is securely fused, you can affix your permanent, custom replacement crown. Since the crown is anchored in your jawbone, this new tooth will give you the ability to bite, chew, laugh and speak normally and can last your entire lifetime with proper care. Traditional brushing and flossing are recommended to ensure that surrounding teeth and gums remain healthy.