What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth replacement. It is a prosthetic tooth that replaces missing teeth and allows your mouth and teeth to return to normal function. The process includes three different dental appliances that we will place at separate times. Each part of the dental implant is essential to creating a seamless fit in your smile. The three different appliances are the post, the abutment, and the crown. Each piece is customized to your specifications and measurements so the implant will fit perfectly. While it is a more extensive procedure, it brings permanent and beautiful results.
Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant procedure begins with a consultation. We will go over every detail of the procedure with you during this consultation. We will make sure your teeth and jaw bone are strong enough to support the implant, and then we will go over preparation, recovery, costs, etc., with you. We will make sure that you know everything about the procedure before beginning. We will take impressions, digital X-rays, and measurements to make the implant specific to your mouth.
The implant begins with the placement of the post. The post looks like a metal screw, and we insert it into the jaw bone. The post will become the new foundation, or tooth root, for the fake tooth. Your mouth will need time to heal before we can move forward with the procedure. As your mouth’s tissue heals around the post, it will secure it in place.
The next part of the procedure is the abutment. The abutment is a small connecting piece that allows the crown to snap onto the post. Your mouth, specifically your gum line, will also need time to heal around the abutment. At a later date, you will return to our office to get your crown.
We make each crown to match your tooth anatomy. It should be identical in shape, form, and color. Once we snap the crown into place, your implant is ready to use! You may experience some sensitivity at first, but it should quickly pass and feel completely normal.
Dental implants are a surgical procedure, so please ask us about our different sedation options if you are nervous about the process. We want you to be reassured. At Bella Vista Dental, your comfort is our top priority.
Contact us today at Bella Vista Dental for more information about implants and to schedule your appointment with our dentists. We would love to get you started on the road to a better smile. We know you won’t regret a dental implant, as the results will last you decades. Come see us today if you are in Seguin, Texas, or in the surrounding area!
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