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Dental Implants

Dental Implants help to prevent bone loss and stabilize your bite. Implants can also help hold loose dentures in place. Implants are strong and solid dental procedure. They look, function and feel just like natural teeth. This procedure can truly improve the quality of a persons life!

How is a dental implant installed?

Many people can feel extremely nervous about the idea of dental surgery especially with dental implants. The process of installing a dental implant is actually much easier than many patients may think. The nice part about getting some of these implants installed is that they often work much more reliably than false teeth and can feel quite natural after the healing process is completed. Here are some of the basic steps involved in dental implant installation:

Implants are first crafted of titanium and these are generally all the same. The implant route is usually first placed in the upper or lower jawbone where the missing tooth may be.

The abutment is then crafted to sit on top of the implant. This will be the connecting piece between the tooth and the top crown which will resemble the natural tooth. This section is usually made of porcelain, titanium or gold and it will be attached directly to the implant with a screw.

The restoration section: This crown section is generally made out of a porcelain that is used directly with metal alloys. The crown will be cemented or screwed directly into the abutment and then covered with tooth material or composite.

Generally this entire process takes around 5 to 6 months depending on whether or not the implant goes into the upper jaw or the lower jaw. There are separate surgeries for placing the crown as well as the implant itself. The implant surgery takes place first to make sure that the bone is able to build up over the implant before the crown is installed. After the process is completed the dental implant can resembling natural tooth and provide the same type of support that you would receive from a natural tooth.

Reasons for dental implants:

  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
  • Restore a patients confident smile.
  • Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues.
  • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.

  • If you feel as though you could be a good candidate for a dental implant or multiple implants contact us today at 860-251-6999 Crest Family Dental.