Placing a Dental Implant
A dental implant is a titanium post – Dr. Torrado will surgically place the implant by creating a flap in the gums and a hole in the jawbone. After the implant is placed, four to six months are needed for the implant to meld to the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. During this period, we can provide temporary dentures so that you can still maintain your smile’s function.
After the implant has fused with the jaw bone, an abutment is placed over the implant. Then, we will take impressions to restore your implant with a crown. After the restoration, the implant will look like and function as a real tooth.
Are you a candidate for dental implants?
For a dental implant procedure to be successful, a patient must be a non-smoker and have strong, sufficient jawbone that can support the dental implant. However, if you don’t have sufficient jawbone, a bone graft or sinus lift procedure may help strengthen the bone. If this is the case, Dr. Torrado can refer you to a specialist. After the bone graft or sinus lift, Dr. Torrado will place the dental implant.
Our dental implant options
Besides traditional dental implants, we also offer All-on-4® implants, which are used to support and secure full dentures and do not require the four-to-six month osseointegration period as do traditional implants. Using the ATLANTISTM system, we custom create abutments that are used to attach the crown restoration to the dental implant.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants help prevent a wide range of consequences that can stem from missing teeth. These include jawbone deterioration, gum disease, shifting of the remaining teeth, and difficulty chewing and speaking properly. Plus, dental implants help restore your confidence in your smile! They are more secure than dentures, and unlike with a bridge, implant placement doesn’t affect the surrounding teeth.