Dental implant restoration refers to attaching the final dental prosthesis (such as a crown, bridge, or denture) to the dental implants surgically placed in your jawbone. At Burba Dental Partners, our dentists will first take an impression of your mouth after placing your dental implant. This impression will create a custom-made restoration that will resemble the natural look and function of your missing tooth or teeth. This restoration is the final step in a dental implant treatment, aiming to provide you with a functional and aesthetically pleasing replacement for your missing teeth.
The Advantages of Dental Implant Restoration
Dental implant restorations are designed to resemble natural teeth, providing a natural-looking appearance. The custom-made dental prosthesis is color-matched to your existing teeth, ensuring a seamless blend with your smile.
Dental implants restore the full functionality of your teeth, allowing you to eat, speak, and chew comfortably. The stability and strength of dental implants enable you to enjoy a wide range of foods without restrictions.
The Dental Implant Restoration Process
Healing and Osseointegration
After the dental implants are placed, a healing period is enforced to allow the the jawbone to fuse with the implants through osseointegration. This typically takes several months, allowing the implants to become stable and secure within the jawbone.
Once osseointegration is complete, an abutment is attached to the implant. The abutment serves as a connector between the implant and the final dental prosthesis. In some cases, the abutment may be placed during the initial implant surgery, while in others, a minor procedure is required to expose the implant and attach the abutment.
Impression or Digital Scans
Once the abutment is in place, impressions or digital scans of your mouth are taken. These detailed images show the shape, size, and alignment of your teeth and surrounding structures. They are the basis for creating a custom dental prosthesis that matches your natural teeth's appearance and function.
Fabrication of the Dental Prosthesis
The impressions or digital scans are then sent to a dental laboratory, where skilled technicians will create the final dental prosthesis. The dental prosthesis is designed to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth in terms of color, shape, and size. The materials used vary depending on the restoration, such as porcelain, ceramic, or acrylic.
Placement of the Dental Prosthesis
Once the dental prosthesis is fabricated, it can be placed onto the abutment. Our dentist will ensure a proper fit and adjust for an optimal bite and aesthetic outcomes. The dental prosthesis is then securely attached to the abutment, providing a stable and functional replacement for your missing teeth.
Follow-up and Maintenance
After the dental implant restoration is complete, regular follow-up appointments with your dentist are necessary to monitor the health and function of the implant and prostheses. You will receive guidance on maintaining good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups.
Dental implant restoration offers several benefits compared to other tooth replacement options. Visit Burba Dental Partners at 129 Highland Ave, Salem, MA 01970, or call (978) 703-0133 to learn more about dental implant restoration.