Dental Implants and How They Work
People lose teeth for a variety of reasons: gum disease, tooth decay, a failing root canal, bad dentistry, or as a result of an impact injury to the mouth. The loss of a tooth can be a physically and emotionally traumatic experience for any of us.
The good news is that is doesn’t have to be that way. At Obeid Dental we have the skills and experience to replace your teeth with dental implants with minimum invasive surgery and the maximum aesthetic outcome.
What is a Dental Implant and how does it work?
Dental implants are made to replace the roots of your teeth and are generally titanium implants or ceramic implants. These materials have proven to bond the body’s natural bone. The implant itself is divided into 3 parts:
- The implant body (which is inserted into the bone of your jaw, and generally takes 2-4 months to integrate and heal)
- The tooth ‘crown’ that sits above the gum line
- The intermediate abutment that connects the implant to the crown
Once the implant is integrated into the bone of the jaw it is quite strong and serves as a good foundation for supporting the crown. The dental implant will function just like your own natural tooth, and you will be able to eat and speak as you normally do.
At Obeid Dental, we understand that the decision to get dental implants is not always an easy one. Often the need for implants is the result of pain or trauma. Many patients wonder how long an implant will last or if they should just “leave a tooth a hole in their mouth”. Understanding new innovations in the industry and materials are important in ensuring each individual has the best fit for their particular implant needs. That knowledge, combined with Dr. Obeid’s 20+ years of experience in placing dental implants provides our patients with incredible insight into what will work better for them.
What are the steps to getting an implant?
It starts with a complimentary consultation and a detailed treatment plan presentation. During that time Dr. Obeid will evaluate your dental needs. This is followed by:
- Treatment plan discussion to review all options and agree on a plan of action
- Start of the initial phase of treatment, which could include extraction of your tooth and immediate or delayed placement of the implant
- Provide a temporary solution for the replacement of your teeth during the healing process.
No one leaves Obeid Dental without teeth, temporary or permanent. During the interim period, post-surgery, we will provide temporary prostheses in the same day, which are custom-fitted to you. After you are healed, the final restoration (the tooth crown) will be placed on top of the implant and your implant will be complete.
At Obeid Dental, your implant restoration will be fabricated in our in-house dental laboratory by our master dental technician. In some cases, we are able to do what is known as Immediate Placement Implants or Teeth in a Day, where the temporary fixed restoration is placed at the same time as the implant. Dr. Obeid will be able to evaluate your particular needs and situation during the complimentary consultation.
There are more than three million (3,000,000) dental implants in the United States with 500,000 being done each year. The aesthetic look of dental implants are so good that no one can tell the difference- it looks like your own tooth!
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