Dental Implant Procedure Basics
If Dr. David Rosen has recommended the dental implant procedure as part of your treatment plan, you may be wondering how the procedure works and what to expect during and after treatment. Dr. Rosen can explain the basics of the procedure during your consultation. Here is other information that patients need to know about this permanent tooth replacement option:
Components of a Dental Implant
Dental implants are comprised of three main parts:
1. Titanium screw - This is placed directly into the gums and fused to the jaw bone. It also functions as the root of your tooth.
2. Abutment - This support piece connects the titanium screw to the crown.
3. Porcelain crown - This is the visible portion of the implant and is made with a durable, long lasting ceramic clay that is shaded to match the color of your surrounding teeth.
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The dental implant procedure is typically broken up into multiple phases, and the implants are either placed on the bone or in the bone. The endosteal procedure involves attaching the implant directly in the jaw bone. Dr. Rosen may recommend this procedure for patients who are switching from dentures or dental bridges. Single implants also utilize the endosteal procedure. The subperiosteal procedure involves placing the implant just above the jaw bone. Dr. Rosen may recommend this type of implant procedure for patients with regressing bone heights and those who are not necessarily candidates for removable dentures due to extensive bone loss.
Your Dental Implant Procedure
During your first visit, Dr. Rosen will remove damaged teeth and prepare your jaw bone for surgery. A bone graft may also be performed at this stage, if necessary. Next, Dr. Rosen will place titanium screws into your jaw which will act as the roots of these teeth. After a short healing period, you will return to the office for the last phase of the dental implant procedure, placing the abutment and finishing with the crown.
The total treatment time will vary by patient, and depends upon the recovery process and any additional procedures that you might need before the implant is placed.
Learn more about dental implants for Lexington, MA patients and find out if you are a good candidate for the dental implant procedure by setting up your consultation with Dr. Rosen today!