Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution for replacing missing or extracted teeth
. They can be a better treatment option than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered in order to place the implant.
The entire implant process takes a few months. The first part of the process is to place the implant itself. An incision is made in the gum to access the alveolar bone. Then, the implant is surgically inserted into the jaw bone. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants achieve primary stability into the bone, the gums are sutured over the implant site to allow for healing.
The implants then require 3 to 6 months to heal. During this time the jaw bone will grow around the implant in a process called Osseointegration. Temporary crowns can be installed while the implants heal, so that eating, speaking, and smiling are all normal.
After the implant has integrated itself into the bone, it is time to get the gums ready to house the new crown. We make another incision into the gums to expose and inspect the implant to make absolutely sure that that it is stable. Then we fabricate a temporary healing cap to place onto the implant to sculpt the soft tissue around the implant and then suture that in place to let the gums grow beautifully around it.
After a few weeks, the site is ready for designing of the new crown. Dr. Goldberg
will remove the healing cap to inspect the gums around the implant. Next, we will take an impression of the implant site to send to our laboratory for crafting of a core, referred to as “an abutment ,” and a beautiful new crown to replace that missing tooth.
Once the abutment and crown are fabricated by one of our high-quality labs, you will return to the office for final insertion. Your smile will look the same, or better, than it used to, and benefit from a restoration that will last a long time!Here are some photos of cases in which Dr. Goldberg utilized dental implants to restore beautiful smiles: