What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a great way to replace an already missing tooth or a tooth that will need to be extracted for any number of reasons. The implant typically consists of three main components: the body of the implant itself, the abutment, and the crown. Implants are usually titanium posts that are shaped much like screws, and can be placed in the front or back of the mouth. The crowns that are placed atop the implant can be very lifelike and result in a free-standing restoration that looks very much like a natural tooth.

What goes into having an implant placed?

There are planning steps that must be done to ensure that the implant’s main post is placed at the right angle and at the right position. This part of the procedure is usually done in an oral surgeon’s office so that additional imaging techniques and tools can be utilized. For back teeth, the implant is typically allowed time to integrate into the bone and for the gums to fully adjust to the implant, so the abutment and crown may not be placed for several months. For front teeth, a temporary crown may be placed while the implant is healing.

Once the implant has fully healed, it can be restored with the abutment and crown that should last for many years with good care.

What other options do I have for replacing a missing tooth?

You may want to consider other options for tooth replacement due to your oral conditions, finances, or personal preferences. Other options include fixed partial dentures (bridges) or removable partial dentures. Dr. Witte is always happy to discuss all your options with you.

Contact us today for more information on replacing missing teeth with dental implants: 318-869-2535.

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