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A dental implant is an exceptional restorative solution for people with missing teeth. If excessive decay, jawbone deterioration, or an accident caused your teeth to fall out and damage your roots, implant restoration would let you get your wonderful smile back.
An implant is a threaded titanium post that is surgically placed in the place of your lost teeth root. Post-surgery, you will receive dental implant restoration with a false tooth that accurately matches your missing tooth.
The implant procedure comprises two surgeries - one that involves inserting the implant and the other to attach an abutment to the implant.
During the first step of the surgery, the dental surgeon will make an incision in your gums and create a pilot hole to insert the implant precisely in the jaw. Then, they will close the implant by stitching the gums together over it. It will take about 3 to 6 months for the jaw bone to infuse with the implant.
Once that is done, the second step of the procedure will be conducted. The dental surgeon will then create an incision to expose the implant and attach an abutment. The gums will be stitched in a way to leave the abutment exposed so that the restoration can be fixed. You will need about a few weeks to heal from this surgery.
When the implant is safely infused, and the gums have healed, the restoration procedure can be conducted. A “restoration” basically refers to a tooth manufactured in the lab that can replace your missing tooth. The dentist will take an impression of your teeth structure and send the impressions to the lab for the restoration to be prepared. In the meanwhile, you may be provided with a temporary restoration.
The permanent restoration typically consists of structures similar to crowns. Dental crowns are nothing but caps that cover a weak or misshapen tooth or, in this case, are fixed over an implant. The crowns are available in stainless steel, metals such as gold, platinum or alloys, ceramic, porcelain, or zirconia. Each of these crown types varies in their benefits and cost. Speak with your dentist to understand the differences and choose what is right for you.
A dental implant, along with its restoration, will make up for your missing tooth and revive your smile - building your self-confidence back up. Besides, a missing tooth could cause other teeth to shift, causing misaligned bites. Also, difficulty in eating and jaw pain is not uncommon in people who have missing teeth. You can prevent all of this and ensure your teeth is strong and sturdy by getting an implant restoration.
So, visit your dentist at Complete Health Dentistry of Portland at the earliest and put an end to your woes! Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (503) 253-1262 now.