Dental implants consist of three primary parts. The first is the implant itself, which is a tiny metal rod built of titanium that’s shaped like a screw. This is surgically implanted into your mouth to act as an artificial tooth root.
Next is the abutment, which is a small metal connector that attaches to the dental implant and allows it to connect to a dental implant restoration. This can be placed during implant surgery or during a later appointment.
The third and final part of a dental implant is the dental implant “restoration” or prosthetic. Single-tooth implants use one dental crown, but multiple implants can be used to support a dental bridge or denture, as well. Interested in implants? Schedule a complimentary consultation at Austin Dental Company today.
First of all, dental implants help stimulate and protect your jaw bone after tooth loss, unlike bridges or dentures. This protects the strength of your jaw, as well as the appearance of your face, which can change over time due to bone loss.
Implants also never move or shift when you smile, eat, or chew, and they look and feel completely natural. Not only that, but they can last 30+ years with proper care. Most types of dental implants also require minimal maintenance, making them easy to care for. For all of these reasons, implants are considered to be the “gold standard” for permanent tooth replacement.
First, you will visit Dr. Morren for a complimentary implant consultation, and he will determine if this treatment is right for you. If you’re approved for treatment, he will begin developing your treatment plan right away.
Your implant will be surgically implanted into your mouth a few weeks after your initial consultation. Dr. Morren will use a comprehensive treatment plan and guide to ensure the implant is placed perfectly.
It takes about 1-2 weeks to heal from the initial placement process, but it takes about 3-6 months for the implant to permanently bond with your jaw bone. Your restoration can only be placed once the bone and implant have healed completely.
During your recovery process, you’ll come in for multiple appointments so that your implant restoration, such as a dental crown, can be built. Once your implant site is fully healed and the implant has bonded with the bone, you’ll come in for your final appointment, and have your restoration permanently attached to your implant, completing the procedure.
To get a dental implant, you must have a healthy mouth and a strong jaw bone and be willing to commit to a multi-step process. If you’re not sure whether or not this treatment is right for you, Austin Dental Company is here to help. We offer free consultations for patients interested in dental implants, so contact us now to get started.