How Do Dental Implants Work? – Torrance, CA
Recreate Your Tooth from the Root Up
If you have lost a tooth or two over the years, you have more options than ever to rehabilitate your smile; however, only one solution recreates everything from the root up. A dental implant replaces the entire tooth structure, providing a nearly perfect replica of your natural smile. Don’t know how dental implants work? That’s ok. We’ll explain everything during your initial consultation, including each step in your treatment plan, so you understand exactly what to expect while on your journey to a complete smile.
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
Most patients who have at least one missing tooth are candidates for dental implants if they have good oral and general health. You’ll still require a thorough consultation to begin the dental implant process. We’ll evaluate your oral health, discuss your medical and lifestyle history, and review a CT scan of your jaw to ensure they are the best solution for you. Depending on the results of your consultation, you might need additional treatments before undergoing your placement surgery, like tooth extractions, periodontal therapy, or bone grafting.
Dental Implant Surgery
After you’ve healed from any previous treatments, you will be scheduled for your dental implant surgery to insert a titanium post into your jawbone. Sedation or anesthesia is used to ensure a comfortable experience as your gum tissue is opened to expose your bone. A small hole is drilled into it using computer-guided technology to pinpoint the precise location. The post is placed in the hole and your gum tissue is sutured closed to allow the healing process to begin.
Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment Placement
The post serves as a new tooth root, which stimulates bone growth. As a result, your jaw will fuse to the post through a process called osseointegration. It will take several months to heal, but it’s time well-spent to ensure your new smile has the sturdy foundation it needs to thrive.
Once your bone has healed, you’ll need a second minor surgery to attach a special fixture to your implant post. An abutment acts as a connector between the post and your restoration. Your gum tissue is opened to access the post to place the abutment. Over the next two weeks, your tissue will seal around the post to produce a natural-looking gum line while also creating a seal to prevent bacteria from reaching the implant.
Placement of Dental Restoration
While you’re healing from your abutment procedure, we’ll be crafting your custom-made restoration. Using the latest technologies, we’ll ensure it meets your exact size, shape, and color needs. It will look and function like a real tooth to blend in with your natural smile. After it has been made to your exact specifications, you’ll return to our office after your gums have healed to have it attached to your abutment.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you’re ready to replace your missing teeth, take your first step toward a complete smile. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for dental implants. We’ll create a customized plan to help you achieve a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile that can last for decades.