Dental implants are one of the best tooth replacement solutions for adults. The restoration involves the surgical placement of a titanium post in the gap that is fixed to the underlying bone tissue to provide a strong support for the tooth crown, giving you a long-lasting tooth replacement. Implants can be used to replace one or more teeth when used in combination with bridgework or dentures, giving you great stability and comfort so you can continue to function like normal.
If you’re a good candidate for dental implants, Dr. Nicole Cochran will surgically place a titanium pose in a new, healing, or healed extraction site and cover it with a layer of gum tissue so it’s hidden under the gums. When the gum tissue has healed – after three to four months – a second surgical procedure is necessary to uncover the implant and attach an abutment that will protrude above the gum tissue, and on which the replacement tooth or crown will be attached.
There are different types of dental implants that can be used depending on your case. Some of the options offered by include:
- One-stage implants
Dr. Cochran places the implant in a new, healing, or healed extraction site so that it is visible above the gum immediately. This eliminates the need for a second surgical process to expose the implant. The implant requires several weeks or months to heal before it can support the dental restoration.
- Same-day implants
Dr. Cochran places multiple implants at the same time, and then installs a full set (arch) of temporary or permanent teeth. If temporary restorations are used, they will need to be replaced with permanent bridgework after your gums have healed sufficiently.
- Immediate implants
This technique is similar to same-day implants in that the implant is placed immediately after tooth extraction, but the crown/bridgework is not installed until the gums have healed. Depending on the soft and hard tissue conditions, the implant surgery technique used may be one- or two-stage.
- Immediate implant with early loading
With this technique, an implant is placed into a new, healing, or healed site in a one-stage procedure, and the new replacement tooth fitted right after. The tooth replacement is usually prevented from making direct contact with the opposing teeth for about three months, after which it is fully restored. Since this restoration is not functional, it is mostly used in areas of the mouth where aesthetics is a major concern.
Are you right for dental implants?
Dental implants can be successfully placed in most cases for adults with sufficient jaw bone tissue. Otherwise, grafting and other additional procedures may be necessary to increase bone tissue and provide enough support for the implant. Please schedule your appointment to discuss your needs with Dr. Cochran.