Dentures are prosthetic dental restoration in fixed dentistry. They are available as fixed partial dentures, which are used to replace a few teeth, or as fixed complete dentures for replacing an entire arch of teeth. If you are considering options in fixed dentistry, you might want to visit your a Houston prosthodontist to discuss your…
How a Prosthodontist Uses Dental Implants to Replace a Tooth
Prosthodontists are specialized dentists people turn to when something needs to be replaced in the mouth, such as dental implants. Additional education and training in cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry make a prosthodontist ideal for handling complex restoration cases. A prosthodontist offers a range of services that help restore the form and function of the smile, including implants and their restorations.
If you have missing or damaged teeth, a prosthodontist can help you smile with confidence again. Continue reading to learn how prosthodontics can replace a missing or damaged tooth and what to expect after treatment.
When to seek a prosthodontist
A patient might want to see a prosthodontist for several reasons. In addition to full mouth reconstruction and complex maxillofacial issues, a prosthodontist can help with the following:
- Dealing with a complex dental condition
- Denture fitting and maintenance
- Fixing several damaged and stained teeth
- Full or partial dental implants
- Multiple types of restorations
- Replacing multiple teeth
A patient’s general dentist often advises or refers them to a prosthodontist. However, in some cases, patients may want to undergo a certain prosthodontic treatment without requiring it, in which case they may find a prosthodontist that meets their needs, such as one who offers dental implants.
The consultation will involve a thorough examination and discussion of your goals for treatment. Our team will explain your options and advise you on treatments for which you are a good fit. It is a good idea for you to make out a list of questions ahead of time to help make sure all your concerns are covered during the consultation. Dental implant consultations require a thorough physical examination, X-rays, and additional tests to determine candidacy.
The dental implant procedure
The dental implant procedure looks different for every patient. However, prosthodontists typically follow the same steps to help a patient achieve a beautiful, long-lasting smile.
Implant Placement: If a patient is a viable candidate, the dentist will schedule an appointment. During the surgery, the dentist places the titanium screw (faux tooth root) into the jawbone.
Osseointegration: Once the implant is in, the patient must wait an additional three to six months for the screw to fuse to the jawbone. This process is called osseointegration. During this time, the doctor may restrict the patient’s diet to ensure the gums heal properly.
Abutment Placement: Once osseointegration is completed, the dentist will place a small connector, or abutment, atop the implant. This serves to raise the implant above the gum line.
Make and Attach Crowns: Depending on the success of the abutment, the dentist may place the crowns during the same appointment. Regardless of when an implant dentist chooses to place the implant, they will need to take impressions of the mouth and remaining teeth to create natural-looking artificial teeth. The dentist will then attach these crowns to the abutments.
Once the dentist places the implants, the patient will need to maintain regular checkup appointments and care for the crowns as they would regular teeth to keep their gums healthy.
Book a consult today
Dental implants can be a great option if you are experiencing missing or damaged teeth. An implant dentist is committed to providing top-tier implant treatment and dedicates most of their time to placing and maintaining dental implants. Call us today at (281) 779-4022 to schedule a consultation or learn more about our services.
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