Dental implants are replacement teeth placed in the jawbone supported by a metal implant stud. They most closely resemble natural teeth, making them highly recommended by dentists and the most sought-after solution for replacing extracted teeth.
There are three components that comprise a dental implant: the metal implant stud, the ceramic crown, and the abutment. The implant stud serves as the tooth root and the ceramic prosthetic crown is the visible tooth-like structure, and they are held together by the connecting abutment.
During the initial consultation, we will look into various factors such as jawbone deterioration, cavities and gum disease, overall health condition, high blood pressure and diabetes, spacing available for inserting the implant, etc. We will also take scans and panoramic x-rays of the mouth to better view the jawbone and teeth. Only if the patient qualifies will the process proceed.
During the implantation surgery, we will numb the oral tissues and put you into a moderate-to-deep sleep by administering local anesthesia. Then, we will make a tiny hole in the jawbone in place of the missing tooth, and the metal implant will be placed in it. Once it is secured with dental cement, we will allow for a suitable healing period of a few months. This lets the bone tissues grow around the grooves of the implant stud and hold it fast.
The ceramic crown will be fabricated in a dental laboratory using the data from the scans and x-rays as a reference. We will place the abutment on the implant and secure it using dental cement. The crown will then be placed on the abutment and checked if it fits comfortably before it is permanently fixed. When the crown is firmly attached, we will give you suitable care instructions to ensure your implant stays as good as new for many years.
Please schedule a consultation with our highly trained team of dental experts and we'll provide more information and guide you further. Please reach out to us at (301) 663-1144 or through online consultation.