Dental implants represent a modern technological achievement in the field of dentistry. Dr. Frederick Olden often recommends implants as a treatment option for adults with missing teeth. Dental implants are made up of three distinct parts that work together to create a tooth replacement solution that looks, feels, and functions just like your real teeth.
Dental Implants 101
Dental implants are comprised of the following three pieces:
1. Titanium screw - This is surgically placed in the gums and fuses directly with the jaw bone.
2. Supporting piece - Also known as an abutment, this portion acts as a connector between the two parts of the implant.
3. Crown - The porcelain crown is made of durable, long lasting ceramic clay and is the visible part of the implant.
Dental implants are either placed on the bone or directly in the bone through one of two procedures. In the endosteal procedure, the implants are directly attached to the jaw bone. Dr. Olden may recommend this procedure to adults with missing teeth who have chosen single tooth implants or implant bridges. In the subperiosteal procedure, the implant is installed right above the jaw bone. This implant usually works best for patients with regressing bone heights. It is also a good match for patients who are unable to wear removable dentures.
Dental Implant Procedure for Adults with Missing Teeth
Dr. Olden typically schedules the dental implant procedure in multiple sessions. On your first visit, any damaged teeth are removed and Dr. Olden will prepare your jaw bone for surgery. If a bone graft is necessary, he will perform the procedure at this stage. After the preparation phase, Dr. Olden will insert a lightweight titanium screw into your jaw. A strong bond will form between the implant and your bone. This integration process typically takes a few months. On your final visit, Dr. Olden will place the abutment directly on top of the titanium screw and fit a porcelain crown snugly over the abutment.
The complete dental implant procedure can take anywhere from three to nine months, depending on how much preparation is required and the rate at which you heal between visits.
Would you like to learn more about dental implants in Rockwall, TX? Schedule your consultation with Dr. Olden to learn more about treatment options for adults with missing teeth.