This type of dentistry is the most advanced treatment available to replace missing teeth. During the procedure, titanium posts are surgically inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These posts are substitutes for the teeth roots. The jawbone gradually forms a bond with the titanium, making a durable foundation for the artificial teeth. Next, small posts (abutments) are attached to the titanium implants. These anchor the replacement teeth.
Normally the whole process will take between four to eight months for a full set of dental implants. There are three phases to the dental implant process:
The Evaluation & Preparation
This includes a scan (2D Panorex or 3D CAT scan) to examine the structure of your jaw bone and any remaining teeth. If bone grafting is necessary, this stage can take between 4-6 months.
Artificial Root Placement (Implant)
The placement of the titanium post within the gum, usually with IV Sedation or General Anesthesia.
Placement Of The Crown & Abutment
The artificial tooth and abutment are placed on the metal post implanted in your jaw by your dentist.
In many cases, dental implant surgery can be performed in one day. After the implants have been inserted, the titanium will bond with your jawbone over a period of around three to four months. During this time you will be able to wear temporary bridges or partial dentures and eat a regular diet. After 3 to 4 months, your dentist will replace the temporary dentures with your permanent replacement teeth. Occasionally, crowns (replacement teeth) can be placed on the implants the same day as implant placement. Also (“Teeth in a Day- DIEM”) dentures can sometimes be screwed onto implants the same day as implants are places and diseased teeth removed.
If you are considering dental implants, or you are having some issues with your current implants, contact Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery . Our team of experts is committed to providing you with the best oral surgery in northwest Georgia. Talk to Dr. Hunt today, he will be only happy to answer your questions about dental implants.