Today, replacing missing teeth with dental implants can be accomplished with success rates averaging 98%. A dental implant restores the mouth to optimal function, stabilizing the surrounding bone, tissue, and teeth, by substituting the root structure of the missing tooth with a biocompatible titanium post. This helps to prevent further serious complications that can arise if the missing tooth is left untreated.
It usually requires multiple appointments to complete a dental implant placement. After the initial visit, where the implant body and healing cap are placed, the site is given adequate time to heal. Healing time, called osseointegration, depends on several factors and can vary from patient to patient. The implant must become a stable base in the bone in order to support the replacement tooth.
When the area is ready for the final restoration, a simple digital impression can be taken at Seaside Dentistry. The implant abutment and crown are then fabricated by an expert dental laboratory. The abutment serves as the base for the crown and mimics the shape of the tooth that was once there. Both the crown and the abutment are either screwed or cemented into place.
With your implant placement complete, your tooth is restored to optimal shape and function, while continuing to stabilize, protect, and preserve the surrounding tissue. Implants offer superior chewing, speaking, and esthetic solutions when missing teeth are present. They are easy to clean and maintain, and not only keep your natural teeth healthy, but maintain your facial structure as well.