Dental Implant Basics
A dental implant is a minimally invasive procedure composed of two parts: 1) A titanium post that is placed into the jawbone, and 2) A full crown placed on top of the implant after a healing perio. This creates an extremely durable, comfortable, and reliable replacement option, which is why it’s become so popular in recent years.
The Process of Getting Dental Implants
The first step towards getting an implant is to consult with an experienced dentist. He will be able to evaluate your condition and discuss the best treatment choices for you.
The dentist will take a CT-Scan that will allow him to see the bone available to place the implant and determine the size of the implant that will be used.
After the CT-Scan your dentist will schedule an appointment for your surgery. The dental implant will be surgically placed into your jawbone. The implant is made of Titanium which is the only metal that will bond with your bone making the implant very strong.
Once your implant has been placed, there is healing process. You must wait until the implant has completely healed and is strong enough to place the crown on top. This usually take around of 3-5 months. After the implant has fused with the jawbone, your dentist is ready to place the custom crown on top of your dental implant. Once your crown has been seated, you can use your tooth like normal.
If you are currently wearing dentures or partials, then you can have them replaced with dental implants. You can also use dental implants to hold your dentures in place. Your dentures will be more comfortable to wear if they are supported by dental implants. At New Smiles Dental, Dr. Sebastian Bouroncle and his team can answer any questions or concerns you may have about implants and the procedure. Contact us at our Woodbridge, VA, or Stafford, VA, office for an appointment!