Dental implants are an advanced teeth replacement solution and now the number one dentist recommended way to handle damaged or missing teeth. They are extremely popular because of how natural they look and they function like real teeth. They are the only solution available that will prevent bone loss after tooth loss. They offer a 98% success rate and can last a lifetime if properly cared for. If you are missing teeth, Dr. S. Jeremy Tu is an Iowa City, IA dentist that offers dental implant solutions.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is one portion of an entire tooth replacement system. Most implants are made of titanium, a strong metal often used in the human body for various medical reasons. It is cylinder shaped with threads like a screw. It is the part that is surgically implanted in the jaw bone and used to replace the missing teeth roots and support a dental restoration.
Dental Implants: The Solution for Any Number of Missing Teeth
No matter how many teeth you are missing, Dr. Tu can create a custom treatment plan to replace them all with dental implants. Patients that are missing one tooth can have it replaced with one implant and a dental crown. Patients that are missing many teeth will need two or more dental implants and a dental bridge or denture. Even patients missing an entire row of teeth can have two or more implants placed that will be used to secure a full denture.
The Dental Implant Procedure
The entire implant process can span many months and sometimes longer if pre-treatments are required. If you require extractions that need time to heal, suffer from gum disease, or lack enough bone to support the dental implants, then we will need to address those issues before beginning the implant process. Some oral surgeons can perform the extraction and implantation in one procedure.
The first phase involves placing the dental implants. A trusted, local oral surgeon will place them in the jaw bone during surgery. They will gain access to the bone, drill a small hole for each implant and gently insert them. Over the next few months, the implants will fuse with the surrounding bone essentially becoming one with the jaw bone.
The second phase is when the implants are fully integrated with the jaw bone and are exposed to attach a small piece called an abutment. This is a metal attachment that connects the implant to the restoration. Several impressions will be taken and used to fabricate your new dental restoration. At your final appointment with Dr. Tu at his Iowa City, IA area dentist office, the dental crown, dental bridge or denture will be secured.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have one or more missing or damaged teeth, Dr. Tu welcomes you to schedule a consultation to learn more about dental implants. You can schedule an appointment by calling at (319) 284-4361. You can also request an appointment online by filling out the form. Dr. Tu will devise a customized plan to replace all your missing teeth and get your dental health back on track.