Dental implants replace missing teeth with a remarkable technology that most resembles natural teeth. Lives have been improved with dental implants! Kennedy Dental has had the pleasure of seeing our patients regain their natural speech pattern, enjoy eating again, and smile as they once did before their tooth loss.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is composed of three parts: a titanium screw that is underneath the gums, an artificial tooth that is seen above the gums, and an abutment that attaches the screw to the artificial tooth. The screw is surgically implanted into your jawbone. It is composed of titanium, which bone naturally binds to, so it will eventually fuse to the bone and serve as a strong foundation for the whole structure. The fabricated teeth can either be a single dental crown, dentures, or a bridge. A crown is a custom-made cap that mimics your natural teeth. When the crown is fastened to the abutment, your implant will look and function just like a regular tooth. A dental bridge or denture can be used in place of a crown if several teeth require an implant. These artificial structures will keep your remaining teeth in place and help protect your jawbone from deterioration. They also can help maintain the bone structure of your entire face.
What is the procedure for dental implants?
For most patients, dental implant placement involves two surgical procedures. Dr. Kennedy will refer you to a highly qualified specialist for this part of the process. The specialist will first place the implant within your jawbone. This stage includes the actual procedure and the time required for your jawbone and the titanium to fuse, which is typically about three to six months following surgery. You may have temporary teeth and will eat soft foods during this time. While this is occurring, our lab designs the bridgework or denture, which will be placed at the final stage and ultimately improve both function and aesthetics. After the implant has bonded to the bone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implant and attach a post, or abutment which the artificial tooth or teeth will connect to.
What is a dental implant restoration?
The implant restoration is the placement of the replacement teeth, whether dentures, a bridge, or a crown on the top of an implant structure, or the abutment piece. Drs. Larry and Gary are trained and experienced to provide you with an exceptional dental implant restoration.
The entire dental implant procedure usually takes six to eight months, which may seem like a big commitment; however, dental implants can last for decades and offer the most comfortable tooth replacement option. Kennedy Dental is committed to lead you through this process and make it as seamless and comfortable for you as possible.
How could my implant be compromised?
If you experience dental trauma or peri-implantitis (gum disease surrounding an implant), you may need Dr. Kennedy to perform an implant restoration again. If your implant becomes loose or the crown becomes damaged, it is important that you make an appointment to see us. Implants will not heal on their own and require medical attention if they become damaged.