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Explaining Implant Therapy


Implant dental therapy explained by Herro Family Dentistry, HerroDental.com.

Implant dental therapy explained by Herro Family Dentistry, HerroDental.com.

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  • 1. Dental Implant Therapy
  • 2. What are they?
    • Dental implants are titanium screws that are placed below the gum tissue and anchored to the bone.  
    • Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth.
  • 3. Why would I need a dental implant?
    • If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants can be used to help replace those teeth.
    • Dental implants are used to hold fixed crowns and bridges, which most closely mimic natural teeth.
    • Dental implants can also attach to a denture, which provides much more retention for the denture.
  • 4. What are the parts to a dental implant?
    • The implant itself is the titanium screw anchored into the bone beneath the gum tissue.
    • Different attachments, called abutments, are intimately connected to the implant and rest above the gum tissue.
    • These abutments then attach to whichever type of restoration that you and your dentist decide is best for you.
  • 5. What is the process to getting an implant?
    • First, find a dentist who is experienced and well-qualified in placing dental implants.
    • Then, decide what type of restoration (denture, crown, etc.) will be used to attach to the implant and replace the missing teeth.
  • 6. Implant Placement
    • The day that the implant is placed, the surgeon will first use local anesthesia to numb the area.
    • If you are nervous or anxious about a procedure like this, refer to our presentation on sedation dentistry.
    • Once the area is numb, an incision will be made into the gum tissue, exposing the jaw bone.
  • 7. Implant Placement
    • The dental surgeon will make a precision hole into the bone, where the dental implant will be placed.
    • Either a "cover screw" or "healing cap" will be placed on top of the implant.
    • The implant may rest above the gum tissue or could be "buried" below it.
  • 8. Bone Levels
    • Sometimes patients do not have adequate bone width or height in order to receive a dental implant.
    • Most of the time, a patient's bone level can be evaluated prior to implant placement with the use of traditional X-rays or 3D images.
    • If it is found that there is not enough bone to receive a dental implant, your surgeon will discuss other bone grafting procedures that can dramatically increase the amount of bone in the area of missing teeth.
  • 9. Restoring the Implant
    • Once the implant has fused with the bone, the restoration process will begin.
    • The dentist will begin fabrication of the restoration method that was decided prior to implant placement (crown or denture).
  • 10. Healing Time
    • Implants will eventually fuse to the bone, so unlike a screw that is placed into wood, the implant cannot be "unscrewed" after this fusion is complete.
    • The implant takes time to fuse to the bone, which is estimated by your implant surgeon.  It typically ranges between 2-6 months.