Dental Implant-Supported Restorations
A dental implant is a root-like post, usually made from biocompatible titanium, that Dr. Darlington can surgically insert into your jawbone when you’ve lost one or more teeth. The implant(s) can support your dental prosthesis in the way roots support your natural teeth, creating unmatched support for your dental crown, dental bridge or denture. .
Dental implants are unique in that they are the only option to replace the roots of lost or extracted teeth. With an appropriate number of implants, your replacement teeth will do more than make your smile beautiful again; they can also help better preserve your long-term oral health by stimulating your jawbone.
Preparing for Implants
An implant-supported restoration performs much like your natural teeth; when you bite and chew, the implant/root stimulates your jawbone, which promotes a healthier flow of nutrient-rich blood. To support the implants, your jawbone must still retain enough strength and density, which begins to diminish following tooth loss.
If your jawbone has lost mass due to tooth loss, then you may require a jawbone graft before you can qualify for implant placement. Dr. Darlington will utilize bone from another area of your mouth or body to fortify the weakened area of your jawbone. The graft can make your jawbone strong enough to support the appropriate number of implant posts.
Dental Implants – Placement and Restoration
To place your dental implant posts, Dr. Darlington will create a surgical guide by scanning your teeth and jawbone with digital imaging equipment. The guide will help Dr. Darlington place the implants in optimal positions and at optimal angles for maximum support. After the procedure, your jawbone may take up to 4-6 months to heal, fusing to the implants’ titanium surfaces as it does.
After your jawbone has healed, you will return to our office and Dr. Darlington will fasten your replacement dental crown, partial denture, or complete denture to connective abutments attached to the implant posts(s).