A dental implant is a restorative dental treatment that replaces the root of a damaged or missing tooth. Implants are placed in the jawbone and provide support for crowns or artificial teeth.
At Fulton Dental in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, Dr. Fulton specializes in restoring dental implants and recommends them as the ideal solution for replacing missing teeth.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
- Dental implants enhance the patient's smile by replacing their missing tooth
- Implants correct bite and speech impairments that people experience when they are missing a natural tooth
- Dental implants help prevent bone loss
- They provide support for the patient's facial structure
- Dental implants restore oral functions and support overall oral health
What Are the Types of Dental Implants?
There are two types of dental implants used in dentistry:
- Endosteal -a type of implant that is inserted into the jawbone
- Subperiosteal - the dental implant placed above or under the gums
What Is the Procedure for Placing Dental Implants?
The dental implant procedure takes several dental appointments. The treatment starts with the patient's complete dental examination to assess whether they are an ideal candidate for dental implants. If the patient has some dental issues that need to be addressed, they are treated first.
After confirming the patient's candidacy for the procedure, the dental implant specialist or oral surgeon administers anesthesia to the patient to numb the area to be treated. An incision is made in the patient's jaw, and a titanium post is inserted into their jawbone to replace the missing tooth root. It requires a time of approximately 12 weeks for the site to be healed and for the dental implant to bond to the jawbone through a process called osseointegration.
Once the implant and jawbone fuse together, an abutment is placed over the implant to hold the artificial tooth. After placing the abutment, the gum is again allowed to heal. The artificial tooth or dental crown is placed over the implant to restore the missing tooth as the final step.
Dental Implant Restoration at Fulton Dental
At Fulton Dental, Dr. Kane Fulton performs dental implant restoration that creates a prosthetic tooth or dental crown to replace a missing one. During the process of implant restoration, Dr. Fulton attaches the artificial prosthesis to an implanted root that has bonded with the bone over a period through osseointegration. Dr. Fulton places the crown or artificial tooth over the implant to serve as the permanent tooth for the patient.
Fulton Dental in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, is equipped with modern technology that ensures the best dental care services for patients. Contact us at (205) 822-3838 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fulton and learn more about the benefits of dental implants.