Dental Implants are a promising solution for those with missing teeth. There are different types of implants but an endosteal dental implant the most common type of implant used today. The implants body consist of 3 part; a implant body, abutment (connection piece), and crown. The implant body acts as a artificial tooth root that is surgically placed in the bone. A dental implant is a tapered titanium post that fuses with a patient’s natural bone in the jaw. Attached to the top of the implant is an abutment, which is positioned to connect the implant body to the crown. The crown is the part that looks like the natural part of the tooth you see that creates your smile.
Yet, the time frame for attaching the abutment and the final crown restoration depends on several key factors. Patient needs sufficient time to heal prior to restoring the implant. The healing process consists of the titanium implant fusing with the patient’s own bone. The stability of the dental implant is important, as well as the patient’s bone density. Healing time typically is 2-6 months.
Even so, traditional means of dental implant placement includes three procedures. First, a small incision is made in the gum tissue where the implant is to be placed. After drilling a hole in the bone, the implant post is positioned accordingly. The area of incision is then closed. Once healing takes place, a new incision is made that exposes the top of the dental implant. A cap of sorts is temporarily screwed onto the top of the post, and remains there until the gum tissues heal. Next, the final abutment is attached. Finally, the new restoration (crown) is screwed or cemented onto the abutment. In certain situations these three steps can be combined to expedite the treatment but is dependent upon specific factors like anatomy, existing conditions, and amount of bone. In regards to materials used for implant restorations, porcelain remains an ideal choice—one that is stain-resistant and strong.
With a commitment to modern techniques and the most sophisticated solutions for long-lasting smiles, the professionals at Pure Dental Health are your implant specialists serving the greater Atlanta area.
Dental Implants Special starting at $2399
Special Considerations In Dental Implant Planning
Placement of dental implants varies from patient to patient, and requires careful consideration of one’s medical and dental history, including bone density and the location of nerves and sinuses.
The initial consultation includes a CT scan and comprehensive exam which allows your dentist to determine location and size of implants, limiting anatomy, density of bone, and allows us to plan out the specifics of your case. When determining placement of multiple adjacent implants, a surgical guide is an important safety protocol, particularly when there is minimal bone to work with and when angulation and parallelism are critical.
Prior to implant surgery, a full arch impression and a full arch CT are also needed. Moreover, whether tooth extraction is required, or if a patient lacks adequate bone to support an implant, there are options available.
In the case of tooth extraction, it’s important to understand that an extraction causes a break in the bone that will allow soft tissue to grow in. To protect against gum tissue growing into the bone-graft, a bone grafting socket procedure involves placing bone-graft material into the socket. Covering the bone-graft is a collagen membrane, which protects the area from the patient’s tongue and saliva. Finally, sutures are used to secure everything in place. For patients that are hoping to benefit from dental implants, but require the removal of a tooth first, the Bone Grafting Socket preserves the bone needed to support a dental implant.
Other considerations for building up a patient’s bone include ridge grafting and sinus lift grafting. Again, when a tooth is removed or extracted, gum tissue undergoes “resorption.” In effect, the body absorbs the bony material and disperses it into other areas of the body for use. Yet, this becomes a problem for future dental implants, not to mention aesthetics.
This is why tooth extraction is often coupled with ridge preservation when planning for dental implants. Essentially, ridge grafting involves recreating the original contour of the gums and jaw. In turn, when bone loss is beneath the sinus cavity, for instance, the sinus membrane must be lifted to make room for a bone graft.
Pure Dental Health offers sedation for ultimate patient comfort and experience. Sedation is a great option for people who have dental anxiety, fear, or have a longer procedure. Your comfort is of the utmost importance to us and we go to great lengths to ensure that we take great care of you and you are comfortable throughout the process.
To learn more about dental implants, or to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your options, contact Pure Dental Health today.
Additional References And Pricing*
Do Dental Implants Cost
- Implant + Abutment + Crowns: $2399 (Includes All Porcelain Abutment and Crown)
- Tooth Extractions: $340 Per Area
- Bone Grafting Socket: $799 Per Area (*4 month healing time)
- CT Scan: $125 Per Arch (*requirement for all implant cases)
- Surgical Guide: $350 Per Arch
- Ridge Grafting: $1200 Per Area
- Sinus Lift Grafting: $1200 per Area
- Sedation: $499
*Patients specific needs vary and prices are only estimates. You will need a CT scan and exam by the dentist to determine exact prices