A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food), and both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The implant post is made of titanium — the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.
After a short time for healing, the dental implant integrates into the bone, meaning the bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant, and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In some cases, a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth, including:
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, some patients are candidates for single-stage implants. These implants require a minimum of six weeks before restoration. There are also cases where an implant can be placed at the same time as tooth extraction — further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between our oral surgeon and your dentist. Dr. Jason Straw will perform the initial tooth extractions, bone grafting if necessary and implant placement. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent crown or prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporaries needed during the implant process. If you have any questions about dental implants in Irvine, California, please call Orange County Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center at 949-727-7000!
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