In 1952, an amazing accidental discovery occurred. Dr. Branemark and his team when working in a lab, chose to use more cost-effective titanium screws rather than the traditional stainless steel screws. Upon attempted removal of the screws after healing, he found that titanium allowed bone growth and he could not remove the screws. This small discovery revolutionized the medical field. Over the past 60 years dentists and physicians have been perfecting the science that this small discovery showed us. So began the birth of implant dentistry.
Dental implants are a versatile option to restore missing teeth. They can be used to replace a missing single tooth, support a removable denture, or even replace a full arch of teeth.
A dental implant is composed of three main parts:
Crown: Affixed on top of the abutment that looks like your natural tooth
Abutment: Screws into the implant and connects the implant to the dental crown
Implant: Titanium tooth root surgically anchored into the jaw
What Should I Expect at My Visit?
If you are wondering if dental implants are right for you, we would recommend you start with a free consultation with one of our dentists. At this consultation, we will perform a complete oral exam, analyzing your teeth, bite, and state of your oral health. If your jawbone lacks the necessary volume or height of bone then a bone graft may be discussed.
The length of treatment times varies and is heavily dependent on the available bone. It also depends greatly on adjacent anatomical structures such as nerves, blood vessels, and sinuses.
Once you decide to move forward with treatment, often times an immediate implant can be completed the same day as the extraction. In some cases, a temporary tooth can even be placed immediately on the implant.
Variation of implant healing time depends on the person and can be 0 days (you receive an immediate temporary tooth/teeth) to 8 months (bone and implant requiring healing and delayed placement). This timing will be discussed in your initial consultation.
What Should I Expect After My Visit?
Post-operative pain and discomfort can vary from patient to patient. Often times patients experience minimal pain and swelling. More significant grafting or site preparation may result in increased discomfort. The appropriate medications and instructions will be given to you depending on your specific case’s requirements.
Feel free to give us a call with questions or schedule a free consultation today. Our dentists at Riverbend Family Dentistry conveniently located in Jupiter Farms can help you to customize a dental implant option that is right for you.