SOLVE THE ISSUE OF A MISSING TOOTH WITH A DENTAL IMPLANT
Missing teeth are not just considered imperfections. They leave a hole in your smile, which causes an aesthetic issue. They also leave the bone at the base of where the tooth would be without any kind of natural stimulation. This creates an environment in which the bone may begin to deteriorate over time, creating additional oral health concerns. The solution for many is a dental implant, which surgically replaces the missing tooth and “massages” the bone to stimulate healthy bone formation.
UNDERSTANDING THE DENTAL IMPLANT PROCESS
When missing teeth are replaced by a dental implant, it is typically a two- to three-visit process. In the first visit, a post is surgically placed into the space where the natural tooth should be. This post is then allowed to bond with the surrounding bone for several months. During this time, the patient should be careful to keep the area clean and notify Dr. Reiter if there are any problems.
After the mouth has healed and the post has been accepted, the second visit occurs. During this visit, an abutment is added to the post. This abutment will serve as the connection between the implant post and a natural-looking crown created specifically for your needs. At the third appointment, the fixed implant crown will be placed onto the abutment and completely sealed.