Find out more about this popular tooth replacement treatment and how they are designed to look just like natural teeth.
Looking for a durable solution to replacing one or several missing teeth? If so, dental implants can offer the superior appearance and quality that other treatment options just can’t. However, before you opt for dental implants from Dr. Mark Makela in Petoskey, it’s important to learn more about them and how they work.
A dental implant consists of three different parts:
- The implant itself (which looks like a tiny screw or post)
- An abutment, or connector
- An artificial tooth
The actual implant is made from titanium, which makes it possible for the surrounding tissue and bone to fuse together with the metal implant to create a permanent structure. This natural process is known as osseointegration, and it’s the primary reason dental implants are so successful at replacing missing teeth.
The abutment is placed over the implant, and helps connect the artificial tooth to the implant. An abutment is also often made of metal. The dental crown is usually made of porcelain, which offers a realistic look that’s similar to a natural tooth.
Getting Dental Implants
Getting your dental implant takes several steps and some time to complete. Therefore, it’s important that you are in the best health possible to ensure that you heal effectively and quickly after your surgeries, reducing your chance of complications.
The first surgery will require your oral surgeon to drill a small hole into the jawbone. This is where the dental implant will be placed. Once the implant is placed into the bone, we will stitch up the gums and give your mouth several weeks to heal. During this time, osseointegration will occur.
Once this is complete, we will open up the gums to uncover the implant, and secure the abutment to the top of the implant. Depending on the type of abutment used, we may need to give your mouth a few more weeks to heal before placing the dental crown on.
The third and final procedure only requires us to securely attach the artificial tooth over the abutment. Once this is finished, you will finally have a complete smile.
If you want to find out whether dental implants are the right choice for you, then schedule a consultation today with your Petoskey dentist, Dr. Mark Makela.