09 Oct How Closely Do Dental Implants Resemble a Natural Tooth?
Designed to replace missing or extracted teeth and serve both aesthetic and practical functions, dental implants incorporate a dental crown that looks, feels, and operates like a natural tooth. Working closely with patients on an individual basis, the dentist provides a thorough assessment of the individual case, presents options for implants and treatment, and supports the patient throughout the process.
Durable metal implants are surgically placed in the position of the missing tooth, secured within the jaw to serve the purpose of the original tooth roots. An impression is taken to precisely determine the size of the crown needed to replace the missing tooth, while providing the natural alignment within the jaw that supports the adjacent teeth. The contact points with the opposite jaw are also measured, to ensure the crown is not too big or too tall.
Once the dental implants are in place and the information is gathered for the lab, the crown is ordered and custom-made for individual patients. Once fitted, the crown is secured to the dental implant with a bonding agent.
If a tooth or teeth are in need of extraction prior to dental implant placement, the jawbones must be permitted to heal for approximately six weeks after the extraction procedure. The dentist can also determine if a bone graft or tissue graft is needed in order to ensure a sturdy foundation for the dental implant, and in either case a sufficient healing period must be allowed before the actual implant procedure can take place.
Innovative technology has made the dental implant process remarkably efficient. If you are looking for a natural-looking, strong and durable tooth replacement solution, contact the office of Dr. Mark E. Massaro to arrange a professional consultation. Call our skilled and caring dental team at 918-779-3399 to schedule your visit today.