What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are permanent replacements for a missing tooth or multiple teeth. An endosteal implant is the most common type of implant placed in the absence of a missing tooth. First, an implant dentist will place a titanium screw into the jawbone. Once the screw and its post, called an abutment, are placed, a crown is put on top to take the place of the missing tooth. This implant crown is tooth-colored and feels like a natural tooth. Over time, the titanium fuses with the jawbone, helping to keep the structure in place.
In some cases, a dentist may perform a full-arch restoration. This type of surgery involves an implant dentist replacing a series of teeth to restore a full arch in the mouth. Our expert dental team keeps up-to-date on the latest techniques to be used in surgical procedures and how to use advanced instruments to provide the best patient care.
Espire’s dental implant surgery is often done for many reasons. It may be to help a patient chew normally or to prevent additional bone loss in the jaw. It can even help to keep the gum tissue healthy over time, and more. The placement of the implant screw generally takes 1-2 hours. Then, a patient waits up to 3 months for the titanium screw to fuse with their jawbone. Once healed, they return for a second appointment in which the dentist places an implant crown to bring the tooth back to functionality.