Dental Implants

What are Dental Implants

Dental implants are a revolutionary and highly effective solution for replacing missing teeth. They provide a permanent and natural-looking option for individuals who have lost one or more teeth due to injury, decay, or other dental issues. Dental implants consist of three primary components: the implant post, the abutment, and the crown.

Implants are safe, cost-effective options for replacing missing teeth

A Dental Implant replaces the tooth root and builds a stable foundation for a crown, bridge or replacement solutions for a toothless jaw. Once inserted into position, it looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth. This small post measuring only a few millimeters long is firmly anchored and integrated into the jawbone.

Most patients with missing teeth are good candidates for dental implants. A consultation with one of our surgeons will help us determine your needs while giving you the proper information to make an informed decision.

Key Benefits of Dental Implants

Benefits of dental implants range from:

  • A natural looking smile.
  • Renewed confidence and ability to live normally.
  • Normal eating and speaking.
  • Stable and comfortable fit.
  • A long-lasting permanent solution.
  • Neighboring teeth stay intact and are not drilled down.

What is the process of placing Dental Implants?

Phase 1: Consultation, diagnosis and treatment planning
  • First, your local dentist needs to assess your situation and see if dental implants are a suitable option for you. Your jawbone and gums need to be free from inflammation and other diseases to qualify. If dental implants are an option for you, then a referral is sent to a specialist.
  • During the initial consultation with the specialists at ECOS, the type and quality of your jawbone are assessed to see if it can support an implant. This is completed using a 3-D cone beam scan. This type of X-ray enables the clinician to analyze your bone structure and recommend dental implants in a safe and predictable way.
  • Specialists at ECOS use advanced digital tools such as the Nobel Clinician program in order to obtain a blueprint of the jaw bone prior to the actual surgery-taking place. This program enables the surgeon to provide optimal implant placement, maximizing aesthetic and function for patients.
Phase 2: Implant Placement
  • Implant placement are usually outpatient procedures. We do most of our implant placement procedures with local anesthesia or IV sedation to make the process as smooth and painless as possible.
  • As each case is different, the surgeon can choose to place in one or multiple-step procedures.
Phase 3: Temporary and final restoration
  • Diagnosis may vary as each case is different, but a temporary crown or bridge can be placed on top of the implant right after surgery or after the implant has healed to the jawbone. Your local dentist will do this step.

***Be advised, the costs of the crown or bridge will be separate than the actual implant placed by the surgeon.

  • For the implant to heal to the jawbone (also a process called ‘’osseointegration’’) it can take between a few weeks and up to 6 months.
  • While this is taking place, a dental lab designs and manufactures your final tooth, which is then attached directly onto the implant with a small screw or directly attached to the abutment.

Choosing a Skilled Dental Implant Provider

The success of your dental implant procedure depends on the skill and experience of your dental implant provider. At East Coast Dental Clinic, our team of experienced dentists and oral surgeons is dedicated to helping you restore your smile and oral health with dental implants.

If you’re considering dental implants, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with us. We will assess your unique dental needs, provide a personalized treatment plan, and guide you through the process to ensure a successful and long-lasting outcome. Regain your smile, confidence, and oral function with dental implants at ECOS, where your dental health and satisfaction are our top priorities.

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