What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants can be thought of as titanium anchors that replace the roots of missing natural teeth. Prosthetic replacement teeth can then be permanently attached to the implants. Implants have become the gold standard for missing tooth replacement. Dental implants are extremely versatile! They can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple missing teeth, or a full mouth of missing teeth. They can even be used to anchor down an existing denture or partial denture to eliminate the need for denture adhesive.
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What Does the Process of Getting Dental Implants Entail?
Dr. Mangum has completed extensive, advanced dental implant training and is a board certified oral implantologist through the International Congress of Oral Implantology and the Misch Institute. With each patient, he and his assistant complete a thorough screening to evaluate if a patient is a good candidate for dental implants, based upon the patient’s medical history, oral hygiene, and availability of adequate bone. Patients who have implants are given specific instructions for care and can expect great long term success if maintained properly with good home care and regular dental visits.
Implants are typically completed in 2 phases. First, the dental implants must be placed in the sites where natural teeth used to exist. After placement of the implants, the sites are allowed to heal and the patient’s bone actually grows to and around the titanium surface of the implants in a process called osseointegration. Implant integration can take anywhere from 3 – 6 months depending on the situation. Once the integration is complete, the second phase can occur in which impressions of the patient’s implant are taken. From these impressions, the prosthetic teeth which will attach to the implants are fabricated and seated into the patient’s mouth.
What is Bone Grafting?
Sometimes a potential dental implant site does not have adequate bone volume or density and must be prepared prior to placement of an implant. This is done through a process called bone grafting. Bone grafting entails the placement of granules of the patient’s own bone or processed, sterile cadaver bone into extraction sockets or areas deficient in bone volume. Over time, the body will break down the graft material and use it as a scaffolding to which new bone can be grown. Once the grafted area has matured with healthy, newly grown bone, it is ready to receive an implant. Dr. Mangum will determine through examination and the use of 3-dimensional CBCT scans whether or not bone grafting is necessary prior to implant placement.