Dental implants consist of two parts: a titanium “root” that is implanted directly into your jawbone and a “fake” tooth or crown that attaches to the titanium anchor and looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth. Dental implants can also be used to anchor dentures or bridges when natural teeth are too weak or when a patient decides not to replace every missing tooth with an implant.
The implant procedure occurs in stages. First, the diseased or damaged tooth is removed. Next, your jaw will be prepared to receive the implant. If your tooth has been missing for some time or if the area has been subject to decay, you may require a bone graft to build up the jaw before the implant can be placed. Once the jaw is ready to receive the implant, a hole is carefully made in the jaw so the titanium post can be set in place. During the next several weeks to months, your jaw bone will begin to fuse with the titanium post, stabilizing it so the crown can be placed on top. Once this period of healing is complete, an extension of the post called an abutment will be put in place followed by the crown, which will be designed and tinted to look just like your natural teeth.
If you have dentures, bridges or missing teeth and you’d like to find out about dental implants and whether they could be a good choice for you, call our office today at (260) 484-4181 to setup an appointment online.