Steps in the Dental Implant Process
Dental implants do more than fill in the gaps where a tooth used to be. They maintain the integrity of the mouth’s structure and allow the teeth to stay aligned properly. Implants give strength and support to the jaw and promote stability instead of letting the area weaken after losing a tooth. Dental implants make your smile look just as natural as if your teeth were still in place. Dr. Greenberg and the Mouth Carolina Dentistry, PA team, offer dental implant services to residents throughout Charleston, South Carolina. They work with an outside team of implantologists to place the implant, and once healing has taken place, you will return when Dr. Greenberg restores your implant with either a crown, bridge, or denture.
The Loss of a Tooth
Losing a tooth causes several things to happen in the mouth. The teeth begin to shift, which forces the jaws out of their natural alignment. The bone will start to deteriorate with no root to connect to the jaw. If a tooth is badly damaged, it can result in extreme pain and discomfort. Leaving a decayed tooth in place can lead to infection and damage to the gums, resulting in the loss of more teeth. The first step in the dental implant process is having a tooth extracted or losing a tooth.
Implant the Post
If your dentist believes dental implants will benefit you, the next step is to implant the post in the bone where the tooth’s root was initially located. Once the post is embedded in the bone, remodeling will start. The bone will draw more calcium to the area, securing the post into the bone, holding it firmly in place, and strengthening the bone.
Actual Patient Before and After Results
Creating the Restoration
Once the post is embedded in the bone, the healing time usually takes about six months. During that time, the crown or tooth portion of the implant will be created using state-of-the-art technology. The crown will be made to match the tooth that was lost in terms of size, shape, and color. It will be as close as possible to your natural tooth.
Place the Tooth on the Post
The final step is to create an appliance that will allow the tooth to snap onto the post.
In Charleston, South Carolina, the team at Mouth Carolina Dentistry, PA, and Dr. Andrew Greenberg can answer all the questions you may have regarding dental implants. Call (843)751 4262 to schedule an appointment and learn more.
Mouth Carolina Dentistry, PA - Dr. Andrew Greenberg
Dr. Andrew Greenberg completed his Bachelor’s Degree in New Orleans, Louisiana at Tulane University. He graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine in 2009, where he portrayed excellent academic performance. He exercises his academic brilliance to the benefit of his patients every day. He grew up in a family with a dental background and showed interest in the field since his early days.