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Dental implants are a reliable way to replace missing teeth

Dental Implants

The only real tooth replacement is a dental implant.

Dental implants are a reliable way to replace missing teeth. Over the past 10-15 years implants have become an increasingly popular method to replace missing teeth and are going nowhere fast for good reason! Dental implants restore both function and esthetics while feeling and flossing like your natural teeth, and do no harm to the neighboring teeth. Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or even to restore a full arch of teeth!
What exactly is a dental implant? A dental implant is most commonly made of a specially coated titanium “screw” that is threaded on both the inside and the outside. The implant body is surgically placed into the bone at the site of the missing tooth. The outside of the implant integrates with the bone to create a firm foundation. The implant is then restored according to your unique treatment plan.
Dr. Hopkinson will evaluate your treatment needs during your comprehensive exam and present all treatment options to you. If you are missing any teeth, implants will likely be part of that conversation. Implants may be recommended to replace a single missing tooth, to serve as abutments for a fixed bridge, or to serve as attachments for an over-denture or full arch fixed restoration. When determining how and where an implant is to be placed, it is important to have the end goal in mind. How the implant will ultimately be used will guide its surgical placement.

So what does getting a single dental implant to replace my missing tooth entail? After determining that an implant would be an excellent restorative solution for you, we will plan out exactly where the implant will be placed using the advanced technology we have access to. We have a CBCT (3D x-ray unit), digital intraoral scanner, and a 3D printer, which we can use together to make surgical guides for fully guided surgery. We will do an evaluation of your bone amount and quality to determine if a bone graft will be required for implant placement. The surgical date will then be set for placement of the implant body. The surgery will be taken place under local anesthesia, so you will be completely comfortable throughout the entire procedure. Sometimes implants can be restored right away, but often times the bone is allowed to integrate to the dental implant through a process called “osseointegration” for approximately 4 months. We will then see you back in our office for the final scan. The scan will be sent out to the lab for fabrication of the abutment and crown. The abutment and crown can be fabricated as an all-in-one screw retained unit or two separate pieces. Dr. Hopkinson will select what is best for your particular situation. The abutment and crown are then sent back from the lab to be torqued into place/cemented.

If you have any questions about dental implants, please feel free to give us a call. Dr. Greg Hopkinson would be happy to sit down with you to discuss your options. Our team is here to serve you!

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