Because of advances in dental technology, a lost tooth is not exactly the tragedy that it once would have been.
By far, the dental replacement technique that is most like having your own natural tooth back is an implant restoration.
What is a Dental Implant?
Implantation and Osseointegration
The dental implant procedure begins with the surgical implantation of a screw-like titanium post into the jawbone where the patient has lost a tooth. This is done by a surgeon. The implant is placed, then the bone and post are allowed to fuse together as the healing process takes place. This is called osseointegration, and usually takes between three and six months. For patients with insufficient bone mass, a pre-implantation bone graft may be required before you can proceed.
Our staff will coordinate all of your appointments to insure that the team of dental offices make your treatment smooth and carefree. Dr. Ridgell will explain every procedure so that you have a full understanding of what to expect for your particular case.
Abutment placement, custom crown fabrication and placement
When osseointegration is complete, it essentially becomes a new tooth “root”. The patient is now ready to have a new tooth created and placed. This process involves having an abutment (which provides structure to place the crown) placed on your implant and making a model of your mouth, usually with an impression mold material. This results in a custom-made new crown to exactly fit the gap where your natural tooth used to be. When the crown is ready, it can be placed on the abutment.
Sometimes patients are able to replace more than one tooth with a single implant, and some patients actually use dental implants to hold full sets of dentures in place. We are excited to offer patients dental implant restorations!
Caring for Your Restoration
Implant restorations require no more care than the usual dental hygiene routine. Brushing, flossing, and continuing to keep your cleaning and checkup appointments should be sufficient. Many patients report that after some time has passed, they even forget that they have a prosthetic tooth! If you want to schedule a consultation for implant restoration, call Upstate Prosthodontics at (864) 232-3882 or request an appointment here. We look forward to meeting you!