Dental implants have been growing in popularity as a great solution for replacing a lost tooth while also helping to maintain healthy jaw structure.
The first step of the process usually requires a series of X-rays or a CT scans. This gives your dentist a clear picture of just how much bone is left as well as any other factors you might need to consider.
During the implant procedure a narrow channel is made into the bone. This makes a place for a titanium abutment to be anchored. Titanium is very biologically safe. In time it will actually bond with the bone in a process known as osseointegration.
Once the abutment is anchored in place the oral surgeon or periodontist will place a temporary cap over the abutment to protect it. After everything is healed and anchored in place your dentist will fit you for a crown to be placed over the abutment. The final crown and implant is very durable, with proper care and a diligent oral health regimen your new implant can last for many years to come.
If you have questions about the dental implant procedure or you are curious whether it might be right for you please feel free to call us at 408-378-8500 to schedule an appointment.