What is the procedure for dental implants?
Here at [re]Think Dentistry our specialty is creating structurally sound, and aesthetically
beautiful tooth replacements. If you have lost one or more teeth, whatever the cause may be,
dental implants are the best option to get that beautiful smile back on your face. There is a
cosmetic side to getting this type of dental work done, but there are also many medical benefits
you may not be aware of.
As dental hygiene plays a huge part in the health of the rest of your body, losing a tooth is an
open invitation to many other dental ailments. When your body loses a tooth, you naturally
begin to chew on the opposite side of your mouth. The continued use of one side of the mouth
can lead to jaw problems. Teeth also have a very interdependent support structure and when
there is a break in that structure, that support is reduced greatly. There is also a greater risk of
infection from bacteria that becomes lodged in the newly vacant space in your gums.
While a dental implant may sound like an extreme procedure, it consists of a simple threestep
process that is most often not as painful as it sounds.
● First we will place what is called an anchor into the bone of either your jaw or top
of your mouth, depending on which tooth or teeth were lost. We secure the
anchor of the implant where your root used to be, and now you have an artificial
root that isn’t going anywhere. This anchor, generally made of titanium, is the
firm foundation and most important part of your dental implant.
● Once the foundation is fixed surgically into the bone, we move on to the next step
which is placing what is called an abutment. This abutment functions as a
spacer, and as the next solid point in the structure. This part of the implant
remains under the gumline and is not visible.
● The third and final step in this process is where the beauty happens, your
carefully crafted crown is fixed on top of the abutment. The crown is the visible
part of the implant, and looks and feels just like a tooth. The base of the crown
will be covered by your gums and the crown will completely fill the vacant area of
tooth loss. We make sure to color match the crown with the surrounding teeth so
that there is no difference in shade from the rest of your teeth. The crown is also
made of a material that cannot be stained, so as long as you continue to care for
your teeth and come in for regular cleanings, all of your pearly whites will stay
As with any dental procedure, implant cases will vary slightly from person to person. What we
have laid out for you above is a general summary of the dental implant process. As with any
medical or dental procedure, there are pros and cons to this type of work, but we work hard to
ensure that the positive side heavily outweighs any negatives. We would be more than happy to
guide you through the specific details in person, as well as answer any questions you may have.
Feel free to call [re]Think Dentistry to schedule an appointment today at 406.587.9700