How do Dental Implants work?
Teeth restored with Dental Implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth. You brush, floss and visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings, same as you would to care for a natural tooth.
After meeting with our surgeon to develop your treatment plan, the placement of a Dental Implant usually involves several steps:
- The Dental Implant, usually a cylindrical rod made of titanium, is placed surgically into the jawbone.
- As you heal, your Implant will osseointegrate, or fuse with, your natural jawbone, with the two growing together to form a strong and long-lasting foundation for your replacement teeth. This healing process can take weeks to months while you proceed with your everyday life in between appointments.
- Once the Implant bonds with the jawbone, a small connector – called an abutment – is placed on top of the Dental Implant to connect the Implant to the replacement tooth or teeth.
- An individual tooth, an Implant-supported bridge or dentures containing multiple teeth are then attached to the abutment.
The video below shows preparation of the adjacent 2 teeth to support a bridge. However the following risks are possible:
- Risk of Root Canal Treatment on existing teeth.
- Difficult Cleaning
- Risk of worsening gum disease in the prepared teeth