Dental Evaluation
If you are missing one or more teeth you may be a candidate for dental implants! Dental implants can change the quality of your life! There are several factors which must be considered before an implant can be offered as a treatment alternative. Your doctor will give you a thorough examination, looking at your existing teeth and bone, your upper and lower jaws, and your gum tissues. You will be asked to fill out a form to review your medical history and find out if you are taking any medications, or have any medical problems which should be reported to the doctor.

Diagnostic tests may include taking impressions of your mouth for diagnostic models, periapical type x-rays to see below the gum and evaluate the teeth and bone, as well as a panoramic radiograph which will survey both your upper and lower jaws in one bigger x-ray. Your dentist may also suggest that a CT scan is necessary for a better three-dimensional view of your bone.

Your dentist should explain the benefits and the risks of the suggested procedures, and offer alternative treatments where appropriate. Hopefully with the help of your dentist, your questions concerning how implants can be used to replace missing teeth can be answered. If you do not have a dentist and have questions regarding this process, please feel free to leave a message and perhaps we can address your concerns.
Placing the Implants - The First Surgery
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The implant only replaces the lost tooth root. It is placed under the gum and into the bone where it will undergo a process called "osseointegration." This means that the bone will grow around and adapt to this new "root." This process may take 3 - 6 months depending upon the condition of the existing bone.
Attaching the post - The Second Surgery
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Once the implant has achieved an integrated state, it is then "activated." Through a second minor procedure the buried implant is uncovered, and a healing collar is placed. After about two weeks impressions may be made, or a new post will be placed on the implant which will then support a new temporary tooth.
Creating Your New Teeth - Making the Prosthesis
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After your dentist has evaluated your bite, the new post, and the surrounding gum tissue, the final restoration (crown) will be made. This can be either cemented or fixated with a screw to the underlying post. The implant, acting as a new root will now support a new crown!
Maintenance & Routine Checkups
    Cleaning your teeth:

    Implant supported restorations act just like your natural teeth and need the same type of care and cleaning. Your dentist will suggest methods of cleaning your new teeth, and will advise you to return for regular check-ups. Just as plaque and calculus buildup can cause problems with teeth, they can cause problems for implant supported teeth too.
    Routine Checkups:

    Your dentist will give you a maintenance schedule to follow. It is important that you return to your dentist for an assessment of your implants, gums, and teeth.

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