What is involved in getting a Dental Implant?
Usually the placement and restoration of a dental implant is a three part processes and takes several months.
- Step One: Dr. Nugent or his Oral Surgeons will place the implant into the jawbone. A screw is placed into the implant to prevent bone and gum tissue from growing into the inside of the implant. Then the gum tissue is secured over the implant and is left alone for several months. During this time the bone fuses with the dental implant in a process called osseointegration. The dental implant can be placed with local anesthesia only (Dr. Nugent’s Father, Mother, Father-in-law and Mother-in-law all had their implants placed with only local anesthesia) or with I.V. Sedation.
- Step Two: After osseointegration the implant is uncovered and a temporary abutment is placed onto the implant. The gum tissue rapidly heals and is now ready for dental impressions. Dr. Nugent will then take impressions of your top and bottom teeth and select the color for your new porcelain crown.
- Step Three: Dr. Nugent receives the custom made abutment and crown back from the lab. Dr. Nugent unscrews the temporary abutment and places the custom abutment. An X-ray is taken to verify that the custom abutment is properly seated. Now the crown is placed and cemented into place. Patient now has a fully functional tooth.
If it is to good to be true…. Be wary of all the claims you hear on TV or see in the newspaper about “teeth in a day” or “teeth in an hour”. I can do and have done these types of dental implants when it was appropriate and indicated. These “instant” teeth have increased risks because if too great of forces are placed on the immediate implant, the implant will fail to fuse to bone. Being very selective and following established guidelines for these “instant” teeth cases are extremely important.
Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth.
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