What are dental implants and what is the process like?

What is a Dental Implant?

A Dental Implant is a titanium screw that is implanted into the jawbone where a tooth or teeth are missing, and act as support for an artificial tooth called a crown.
Crowns are custom made artificial teeth that are designed to look, feel, and function like natural teeth.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

Implants have several advantages over other options (like dentures):

  • natural looking and comfortable
  • great durability
  • high success rate
  • better maintenance of bone at site of the lost tooth
  • easier to eat and chew
  • do not need to be removed at night

What are the types of dental implants?

  • Endosteal: These are normally made of titanium and shaped like small screws that are placed in the jawbone. They are the most commonly used type of implant.
  • Subperiosteal: For patients who do not have enough healthy natural jawbone and cannot (or dont want to ) undergo a bone augmentation procedure, these dental implants are placed under the gum but on, or above, the jawbone.
    There are many different techniques which can be used to rebuild bone, restore your jawline, and become a strong foundation for potential dental implants.

What is the process of getting dental implants?

  1. Consultation and Dental Treatment Plan: Your up-to-date x-rays, medical/dental history, and current health condition are used to get a clear picture of what all needs to be done, and then provide you with a proper Dental Treatment Plan.
  2. Extraction: Often there is a tooth that needs to be extracted prior to any jawbone prep
  3. Bone Grafting: In many cases the jawbone does not have enough mass to accept the dental implant, so a bone graft will be used to build up and strengthen the area. Bone grafting can take several months to heal before any implants can be placed.
  4. Dental Implant Surgery: You will be anesthetized for comfort during the 1-2 hour surgery where a titanium screw will be inserted into the jawbone (just like your natural teeth).
  5. Osseointegration: After the implant is placed, we cover it with the surrounding soft tissue and let it sit for about 3 months so it will fuse with the bone.
  6. Final Restoration: After the osseointegration step, an abutment is placed on the implant to help it connect with the final crown restoration.

Going through the process of dental implants can feel a bit overwhelming at first, but we will help walk you through it. We offer Free Cosmetic Consultations here in Carlsbad and would love to see you face-to-face for a proper assessment. We will provide you with a complete dental treatment plan which will include all of your details including the cost (depending on your insurance).

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