Dental implants are a great corrective treatment for missing or damaged teeth. Implants provide the foundation for tooth replacements that look, function, and feel almost identical to your natural teeth. They are a permanent replacement treatment that enables you to eat a restriction-free diet and smile confidently.
An implant has three components: the implant, abutment, and crown. The implant bonds to your jawbone, an abutment connects to the implant, and a crown attaches to the abutment. The treatment comprehensively serves to preserve your oral function, facial structure, and jawbone health.
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Dental Implant Restorations
An implant procedure has two primary phases. Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will place the dental implants into your jawbone in the implant placement phase. Then, Dr. Seim or Dr. Wallace attach the final crowns to your implants during the restoration procedure.
The implant restoration phase takes place several months after the placement procedure. Between the implant placement and the restoration procedure, your jawbone takes time to heal and fuse with the implant. Depending on how many implants you get, healing typically takes 3 to 4 months.
During that time, you will be seen by your oral and maxillofacial surgeon to ensure that the implants are healing properly. When the healing is complete, you will return to our office for your restoration procedure. The implant restoration is the stage in which a final crown is connected to the implant, completing your treatment.
Am I likely to encounter problems with my dental implants?
Tooth implant procedures have a 97% success rate. If any issues occur, they are usually related to the crown becoming loose, cracked, or damaged. If this happens, call our office at Arlington Office Phone Number 817-483-1133 so that Drs. Seim or Wallace can expediently repair or replace your implant restoration.
What can cause my implant to become loose?
In rare cases, the titanium implant fails to integrate with the jawbone, resulting in a loose connection. Gum disease can also keep your jawbone from adequately bonding with the implant. Call our office for care instructions if you experience red or bleeding gums following your implant restoration procedure.
How do you repair dental implants?
In most cases, Dr. Seim or Dr. Wallace can address any issues without touching the implant itself. They can fix most problems by repairing or replacing the implant restoration. If the implant itself is loose, Drs. Seim or Wallace may have to send you back to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to replace the implant.
Don’t Be afraid to Smile
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
During your evaluation, Dr. Seim or Dr. Wallace assess your health history and may take X-rays and radiographs. If they determine that you are a good candidate for tooth implants, they will refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for the implant placement. Then, you will come back to our office once you are ready for the final restoration.
If you are missing one or more teeth, implant dentistry can change your life and restore your ability to speak, eat, and express yourself. Call our office to schedule your evaluation today. Our team is ready to answer any of your questions about the implant placement and restoration process.