What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
There are many advantages to dental implants, including:
Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?
In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders -- such as diabetes or heart disease -- or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis. If you are considering implants, talk to your dentist to see if they are right for you.
What Is Involved in Getting a Dental Implant?
The first step in the dental implant process is the development of an individualized treatment plan. The plan addresses your specific needs and is prepared by a team of professionals who are specially trained and experienced in oral surgery and restorative dentistry. This team approach provides coordinated care based on the implant option that is best for you.
Next, the tooth root implant, which is a small post made of titanium, is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, anchoring it securely in the jaw. The healing process can take from six to 12 weeks.
Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, a small connector post -- called an abutment -- is attached to the post to securely hold the new tooth. To make the new tooth or teeth, your dentist makes impressions of your teeth, and creates a model of your bite (which captures all of your teeth, their type, and arrangement). The new tooth or teeth is based on this model. A replacement tooth, called a crown, is then attached to the abutment.
Instead of one or more individual crowns, some patients may have attachments placed on the implant that retain and support a removable denture.
Your dentist also will match the color of the new teeth to your natural teeth. Because the implant is secured within the jawbone, the replacement teeth look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth.
What can Elegant Dental Lab offer to you?
Elegant Dental Laboratory technicians are trained and certified in prosthetic procedures for a variety of leading systems including Straumann®, Sweden & Matina, Thommen, Zimmer™, Nobel Biocare™, BIOMET 3i™, Astra Tech. and BioHorizons®
We provide implant abutments, implant-retained dentures and prostheses, and restorations over implants at an affordable price to your dental clinic and patients. Our aim entails providing esthetic and functional restorations that are indistinguishable from natural dentition while minimizing chairtime.
Implants fabricated at Elegant Dental include a seven-year warranty on a range of modern and traditional implant services including digitally scanned implant cases, cement or screw retained restorations, plus modern crown and bridge implants.
Implants are an important alternative to removables, and with more patients and insurers seeking solutions to edentulism, Elegant Dental is a source of easily accessible implant fabrication and innovation. Our trained and certified implant technicians look forward to working with your case and providing patients with the best restoration possible.