A little over twenty years ago, if you lost one or more teeth, the only way to restore the function of your mouth was to install a bridge or be fitted for a partial. While these restoration options were effective, most people felt they were not as comfortable as real teeth. Since that time dental implants have fast become the new standard for restoring one or more missing teeth in a way that makes the tooth feel like it is a natural part of your mouth.
The first step in the process involves Dr. Kenneth M. Schweizer examining your mouth and taking a few X-rays or performing a CT scan. It’s important to assess if you have the sufficient jaw structure to anchor an implant. Otherwise a bone graft procedure will need to be performed in advance of the implant procedure.
During the implant procedure the oral surgeon will make a careful incision in your gums. A narrow channel is then made in your jaw bone. A titanium implant is then screwed into the channel in the bone and your gums are sutured closed.
Titanium is known for being biologically safe and will actually fuse with your natural bone in a process known as osseointegration.
Once your gums have healed and the implant has fused with your jaw structure, Dr. Kenneth M. Schweizer can install a standard crown over the titanium abutment. This will effectively restore the tooth and the full function of your mouth for many years to come.
If you have recently lost a tooth and you are interested in having it restored with a dental implant, you should call Dr. Kenneth M. Schweizer to schedule an appointment.