Dental implants are done with a team approach. It requires a surgeon to place the implant and a restorative dentist to fabricate the teeth that will be placed on the implants. The planning should begin with the restorative dentist (Dr. Solar) and would consist of a thorough exam, radiographs (x-rays), study models, and photographs. A treatment plan will be formulated based on the information that was obtained and then the next step is to see the surgeon for a surgical consultation.
The implant is a titanium post that is placed by the surgeon and is covered by the gum tissue. It is left to heal for 3-6 months. During this time the bone grows onto the surface of the implant. The second stage is for the surgeon to uncover the implant. At this point the restorative dentist can start fabricating teeth that connect to the implant.
Implants can be used in many situations from replacing a single missing tooth to replacing several teeth. They can even be used to help stabilize a loose denture. Implants can restore a patient’s confidence to function and smile.
Implants have an excellent long term history and the majority of patients remark on how easy and comfortable the procedure is. Implants can make a significant difference in a patient’s quality of life. If you have any questions, Dr. Solar would be happy to discuss them with you.