For the person who has one or more missing teeth, it is possible to have them replaced with artificial duplicates that all but mimic the missing teeth. They are identical in size, shape and color. Many people are now turning to denture implants in Spring TX as an alternative to dentures or bridgework.
How is the implant placed?
- The procedure depends to a great extent on the condition of the implant site, which is the jaw bone. The jaw bone itself must be prepared properly to accept these new teeth. The implant is a small titanium peg, which is inserted in the proper area of the jaw bone and allowed to heal. The healing process may take two or more months for the implant to be fully integrated with the bone.
- Once this initial site preparation is completed, the next step in the process of performing denture implants in Spring TX is the actual setting, or attaching of the crown to the implant. The implant is once again exposed, and a small collar called an abutment is fastened to it. It is the abutment that is used to support the crown. The crown has the identical appearance to the missing tooth in both shape and color. After the crown has been set, there will be no appreciable difference between it and the adjoining teeth; they will all appear the same.
Augmenting the jaw bone:
There are times when the normal jaw bone may have been weakened by trauma or disease. If this is the case; prior to placing the implant, the jaw bone must be augmented so that it is strong enough to accept the titanium peg, which will form the basis for the crown. To accomplish this, the dentist performing the denture implants in Spring TX will graft bone or a bone-like material to the jaw bone.
It takes several months for this grafted bone to fuse perfectly to the jaw bone, at times a dentist may delay the implantation process for up to nine months to put the jaw bone into perfect condition to accept the implant.
Where the bone comes from for the augmentation process is the dentist’s decision. A graft of bone from your own body actually transplants bone cells or a block of bone that fuses naturally with the prepared site. A bone which has been harvested from a lab causes the cells around the transplant site to change into bone. Regardless of what process the dentist chooses, the jaw bone will eventually be a strong base for the denture implants.