Dental Implants May Be the AnswerWe may be able to alleviate damaging issues that can arise when dealing with missing teeth. Dr. Bell is committed to providing you with a smile you can proudly sustain for a lifetime!
In the oral health field dental implants, while high-tech in nature, are regarded as a more tooth-saving solution than traditional bridgework. The reason is that implants do not depend on neighboring teeth for support.
We can even use dental implants as anchors for bigger dental fixtures like bridges and dentures. Using implants as anchors adds a tremendous amount of versatility to what we are able to offer you in the future.
Dental Implant ProcedureA dental implant can take some time to receive. First we have to ensure that the site of the dental implant has healed properly if a tooth extraction was made. Once the site is ready to receive the implant we can start the procedure.
The first portion of the procedure involves placing a titanium post into your jaw. This post acts as the root of your tooth. Once placed we will allow several months for the site to heal. Because titanium is biocompatible, while the implant is healing the bone in your jaw will actually be growing into and around the post. This not only provides a solid base for the implant, it prevents bone loss in your jaw and further ensures your dental health.
Once the post has been allowed to heal and has fully integrated itself into your jaw you can return to our office to have the implant finished. When you return we will place an abutment into the post which simply acts as a surface on which to cement the crown. We will create the crown to fit perfectly into your bite. We will affix the crown using permanent dental cement which lasts many years.
The end result is a fixture that can easily last decades in your mouth with regular maintenance. Taking care of your implant is as simple as taking care of your natural teeth. Just make sure to brush two times a day and don’t forget to floss!