A dental implant is a small “anchor” made of titanium that is used to replace missing teeth or ailing teeth that have been extracted. They are surgically implanted into the jawbone to function like the root of your missing tooth. Dental implants are designed to maintain your surrounding bone and gums, and will replace your missing tooth with a natural-looking, long-lasting restoration.
Dental implant restorations are an alternative to traditional crowns, bridgework, and dentures. Because implant restorations look and feel more like natural teeth, they offer new levels of comfort, security and confidence over traditional treatments.
The type of implant that is used at Oyler Dentistry is made by Zimmer Biomet. Zimmer Biomet is ranked in the top 5 of the best implants to be placed in the country. It has an opening at one end that helps to achieve high levels of bone-to-implant contact and growth, by allowing bone to grown in and through the opening. The abutment-to-implant connection is what makes the Zimmer implant different. It is called friction fit, meaning it reduces the chance of the abutment and crown loosening up over time. A cold weld happens between the abutment and implant once the abutment is torqued into place.
The dental implant process involves several steps that take place over a time period that averages from 4-9 months. The typical process will include:
After a careful evaluation of your dental and medical health history, it is determined if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Extraction of ailing tooth/teeth (if needed):
The extraction of the ailing tooth/teeth will take place. Often, bone grafting is placed in the site of the extraction(s), to help promote bone growth to aid in stability of future implant. After the extraction, a healing time of approximately 3 months is needed.
Initial implant placement:
The dental implant is placed into your jaw after having local anesthesia. Over approximately 3-6 months, bone will heal to the surface of the implant, anchoring it into position. Depending on your particular case, an additional minor procedure may be necessary to create an opening through which your artificial tooth will emerge.
Implant prosthetic attachment:
During this phase, the abutment (a prosthetic “post”) will be attached to, or a custom abutment will fabricated to fit into the implant. An impression will be taken, and soon after, an artificial tooth will be created and attached for a natural looking restoration.
You will be given proper care and maintenance instructions for your new dental implant(s) before, during and after the procedure. By following a regular routine of careful oral hygiene and regular checkups, your implant(s) can look, function and feel great for many years to come!
Dr. Oyler has extensive training in implant dentistry and has placed above the average number of implants of what a normal resident would place during their training. Dr. Oyler is certified through the International Dental Implant Association. Dr. Oyler would love to consult with you to see if you are a candidate for an implant to be placed. We do this in our office, which relieves you of many trips to specialist offices and specialist fees associated with trips. We accept insurance for implant procedures and coverage. Contact our office today at 317-873-8902 or firstname.lastname@example.org.