Dental Implants are a modern way to replace missing teeth permanently. When a tooth is lost, you will start to experience many negative effects such as jaw bone loss or change in facial features. Dental implants are an excellent way to prevent this from happening and preserve your beautiful smile and facial structure.
The dental implant is going to act as your natural tooth’s roots. When the implant is placed, it integrates with the jawbone protecting it from any loss. The dental crown is then permanently cemented on the implant and acts as your new tooth.
Tooth restorations with dental implants are broken up into two separate parts: preparation and placement.
During the first appointment, Dr. Hickman uses our state of the art Cone Beam CT machine to obtain a detailed scan or image of where the implant will be placed. This method is much more precise and accurate than traditional x-rays, which allows Dr. Hickman the ability to look at your mouth in a 3-D view.
Dr. Hickman then begins the implant procedure starting with exact measurements of the implant size and location and creating a pilot hole where the implant will be placed. This hole is going to help guide the titanium implant into its final position.
Placing the implant is the appointment our patients look most forward to! After allowing time for integration of the titanium implant with the jawbone, Dr. Hickman then prepares the area for the crown.
During the first part of this process, Dr. Hickman takes an impression of the tooth to send to the dental laboratory for fabrication. This part of the process also involves working with you to decide the exact shade for the new crown so it matches surrounding teeth.
The laboratory then creates a precise abutment, which is the piece of the implant to which we attach the titanium implant and crown. After the crown is completed we then permanently cement the final restoration with the abutment and crown.
As always we have hours early and late for your convenience. Implants are a wonderful investment in your health we are sure to have a time that will work for you!