Dental Implant Placement
Dental implants replace the roots of the teeth. They act as a screw-like anchor to hold permanent or removable replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like your own. The implants are meant to fuse with the patient’s’ jawbone, allowing the replacements to feel sturdy in your mouth instead of slipping around like ill-fitting dentures. Ideal candidates for dental implants have healthy gums and enough bone to keep the implant in place. Heavy smokers or people who suffer from chronic diseases need to be examined on a case-by-case basis. The best bet is to talk with Dr. Won in Brier Creek to determine if dental implants are right for you.
Dr. Won believes that the success of dental implants lies in special attention being placed on the extraction of the teeth, the underlying jawbone, the gum tissue profile, and the precision of placement using well-researched implants that fit perfectly and meet the desired function and aesthetic requirements. These details are best understood by oral surgeons and periodontists like Dr. Won who is certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Once a treatment plan has been designed by Dr. Won for your individual needs, a screw-like implant is placed into the socket of the missing tooth. Before any replacement teeth (otherwise known as crowns) can be added, your mouth will need to heal for anywhere from six to 16 weeks in order for the jawbone to secure around the implant.
After the healing period is over, an abutment is placed on top of the implant. This is a small connector that keeps the crown secured to the implant. Dr. Won will then make an impression of your teeth, which will be used as a model for the replacement tooth. This tooth will be matched to the color of your natural teeth and function just as your other teeth do. In some cases, removable dentures will be fixed to the implants instead of using individual crowns.
Dr. Won offers a complimentary implant consultation which includes a review of your dental and medical histories, as well as a physical exam of your teeth and mouth. Evaluating patients for dental implants will require X-rays of your teeth and underlying jaw bone to make certain there is sufficient bone structure to support the implant. As an experienced, highly-trained implant dentist, Dr. Won will answer all your questions in advance, as well as discuss your implant treatment plan.