A Great Office for Your Dental Implant
Posted on: Sunday, August 26th, 2012
Dentists have been developing methods to replace missing teeth for hundreds, even thousands, of years. The most advanced method invented so far is the dental implant – a synthetic tooth that replaces the original in its entirety, from root to crown. The procedure to place an implant is not a simple one and dental offices have developed different ways to manage the process.
The Implant Procedure
The first step is a full examination of the gum and bone tissue. If the tissues are not strong enough to support a permanent implant, bone and soft tissue will need to be grafted into place. After this heals and it has been determined that the surrounding gum and bone tissues are strong and healthy enough to support the implant, a tiny screw will be placed through the gums into the jawbone, just like the root of a tooth. Over time, the gums and jawbone will actually grow into and around the anchor screw so that it becomes a permanent part of the mouth.
Once the anchor is firmly in place and its supporting tissues have healed, an abutment will be attached to it, followed by a dental crown. The crown will be custom-fabricated to look like a natural tooth in color and form. It also will function just like the rest of the teeth so that a proper bite will be restored. This is the last step in building a tooth implant.
Tooth Implant Referral Process
Think implants sound pretty simple? Not really. Most dental offices refer implant patients to several different specialists throughout the process. In cases like these, the process would go something like this:
- The dental office sends the patient to a periodontist to examine the health of the gum tissue.
- If the patient needs gum and bone tissue grafting, he/she will be referred to the periodontist or an oral surgeon to perform the work.
- To place the actual implant anchor, the patient will be referred to an implant specialist or an oral surgeon.
- In some cases, a general dentist will attach the abutment to the anchor, but this may require a second visit to the implant specialist.
- As for the final placement of the crown, most dental offices handle this part themselves.
- You can see how this procedure can be a bit long and drawn out. The use of multiple outside specialists can also make the implant procedure more expensive. This is why many patients end up searching for a dental office that handles the entire procedure in-house.
The In-House “One-Stop-Shop” Tooth Implant
Some dental offices have the advantage of a dentist who is trained in multiple dental specialties. One or several of the dental professionals would need to be trained in periodontics, oral surgery, and implant dentistry. If this is the case, then the implant process can be performed in one office without the need for specialty referrals. Another advantage of this arrangement is time – a tooth implant can be placed much faster if it’s performed under one roof. Avalon even offers a special type of implant called “teeth in a day.” With this advancement, an Avalon dentist can build a tooth implant in only one day!
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