Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.
The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first phase of the process is treatment planning. All necessary digital diagnostic x-rays and CAT Scans are available in our office. Our 3-D CAT Scan allows Dr. Zgoba to review each patient's anatomical structure, density, and quality of bone and nerve position, virtually eliminating any surprises during the procedure and providing a minimally invasive surgery. With the precision of the CAT Scan, the doctor will plan the position, size, and placement of each implant. A customized surgical guide for each patient is then fabricated which shows the exact position for implant placement. The implant is then surgically inserted into the bone through a much smaller opening in the soft tissue, minimizing swelling and discomfort for our patients.
The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration.
After the implant has healed it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. A small connector post is attached to each implant. Once this is placed, an impression is taken and used to create your permanent restoration. The last phase of treatment is to attache a porcelain crown to the implant completing your treatment. Your smile will look just like it used to, and after a short period, the implant will not only look but also feel just like one of your own natural teeth.
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