Dental implants are an outstanding innovation in dentistry. They serve as perpetual replacements for missing teeth. Implants are titanium anchors that are inserted into the jaw bone and overlaid with a crown or denture. They’re significantly sturdier than a natural root and never need a filling or root canal therapy. The anchors preserve the jawbone’s health and shape, and have no impact on nearby teeth. While general dentists and endodontists can place an implant, many people rely on a specialist—a periodontist—to perform the procedure.
At the office of Russell Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd, our friendly team—everyone from our periodontists to our support staff—is dedicated to caring for you and your well-being. We create a personalized treatment for each patient and offer a wide range of services. Our goal is to make your visit extremely pleasant and to send you home with a bright, beautiful and healthy smile.
Here’s a rundown of how the typical process works. The method of implant placement depends on the kind of implant and the type of tooth (molar, canine, incisor) being replaced. While some implants can be completed in one visit, most involve two or three visits.
The titanium anchor is put into the jawbone and then covered with gum tissue. The anchor needs three to six months to fuse with the jaw bone. After the bone and anchor have bonded, the periodontist might affix an abutment, which is also referred to as a healing cap, on top of the anchor. The abutment is a shield between the main part of the anchor and possible accumulations of plaque and debris. In some cases, however, the anchor and abutment are a single unit and placed at the same time. During the final step, your general dentist attaches a crown—whose size, shape and color match your natural teeth—to the anchor.
Russell Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd professionals are welcoming, exceptionally trained specialists who are eager to help you feel comfortable while receiving the very best in dental care. We will scrupulously evaluate your total oral health and patiently answer any questions you may have. For more information about how we can help you, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment.
By Russell D. Hatfield, DDS, MS, LTD
October 25, 2021
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