At Burba Dental Partners, dental implants are small titanium posts surgically implanted into your jawbone to replace the roots of missing teeth. When a tooth is lost or needs to be extracted, the jawbone over time loses density and recedes in that area. This leads to changes in the shape and appearance of the face, including sunken-in cheeks and a prematurely aged appearance. Replacing your missing tooth or teeth with a dental implant will prevent bone loss and maintain the health and structure of the jaw.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Initial Examination and Treatment Planning
Our dentist will first conduct a comprehensive examination, including X-rays or 3D imaging, to assess your oral health and jawbone density and determine your suitability for dental implants. Dr. Burba will also develop a personalized treatment plan based on your specific needs.
A bone graft may be required if your jawbone lacks sufficient volume or density to support a dental implant. The bone grafting procedure involves adding bone material to the deficient jawbone area to create a more stable foundation for the implant. The healing period for a bone graft is typically a few months before implant placement.
Once the jawbone has healed or is deemed suitable for implant placement, our dentist will surgically insert the dental implant into the jawbone. A small incision is made in the gum tissue to expose the bone, and a hole is drilled to place the implant. The implant, usually made of biocompatible titanium, is then inserted into the bone and covered with gum tissue. Sometimes, a healing cap may be placed on top of the implant.
After the implant is placed, a process called osseointegration occurs. Over the next few months, the jawbone fuses and integrates with the implant's surface, providing a strong and stable foundation. During this time, you may be given a temporary restoration to wear.
Once osseointegration is complete, a minor surgical procedure is performed to expose the top of the implant and attach an abutment. The abutment serves as a connector between the implant and the final dental restoration.
After the abutment is in place, our dentist will take impressions or digital scans of your mouth to create a custom-made dental restoration, such as a crown, bridge, or denture. The final restoration is fabricated to match your natural teeth's shape, color, and function. It is then securely attached to the abutment, completing the dental implant restoration.
It's important to note that the dental implant procedure may vary depending on individual factors, such as the number of implants, the need for additional procedures like bone grafting, and the complexity of your case. Visit Burba Dental Partners at 129 Highland Ave, Salem, MA, Salem, MA 01970, or call (978) 703-0133 to determine if a dental implant is the right option for you.