Dental Implant Procedure
Sun City West, AZ
Whether you are missing one tooth or many teeth, we here at Frank W. Sallustio DDS, MS, FACP can help! We offer several tooth replacement options to restore the function and aesthetics of your smile! Thanks to recent advancements in technology, dental implants have become the industry standard for tooth replacement. If you are in need of a restoration, a dental implant may be the ideal solution.
An implant restoration consists of three parts: the implant screw, an abutment, and the restoration. The implant screw is surgically embedded into the jaw and then attached to the abutment. An abutment is a support structure that links the implant screw to the restoration. These days, implants can be used to support a single crown, fixed bridge, or even a complete denture or overdenture.
The Implant Process
During a consultation appointment, we will determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate for dental implants. Once we have decided on implant treatment, we will devise an appropriate treatment plan. In many cases, the implant process is split up into two surgeries.
During the first surgery, Dr. Frank W. Sallustio will extract any problematic teeth and make an incision in the gum tissue. The incision allows us to expose the underlying bone. Next, we will drill a small hole into the bone to ensure the implant can be deeply embedded into the jaw.
The type of restoration you receive dictates the number of implants you need. A single crown only requires one implant, while a bridge typically requires an implant for each replacement tooth. If this is impossible due to bone deterioration, it is possible to suspend a pontic between two implant-supported crowns. The number of implants you need for a full-arch restoration varies greatly. Some dentures are held in place by two implants, while other restorations require up to eight.
Once the implant is in place, we will suture the incision. For the next several months, the implant and your bone will fuse together through the process of osseointegration. Osseointegration is largely responsible for the many benefits of implant restorations. Your second surgery cannot be scheduled until osseointegration is complete.
During your second surgery, Dr. Frank W. Sallustio will reopen the incision and attach the abutment. Once the abutment is in place, we will make an impression of the area. This impression will be used to fabricate your final restoration. This process typically takes a few weeks. We usually give you a provisional temporary to protect the implant in the meantime.
Once your final restoration is complete, we can schedule your final appointment. During the final appointment, we will remove the temporary and place the permanent restoration.
The Benefits of Implant Restorations
Most implant restorations can be treated like your natural teeth. In fact, implants will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. In other words, they offer the very best in aesthetics, comfort, and durability. Most people will not be able to tell that you have undergone implant treatment. You will be able to eat, speak, and laugh as you normally would. Under the right care and maintenance, your implant restoration will last for many decades, or even a lifetime!
Schedule Your Consultation
Find out if an implant restoration is right for you! Call (623) 738-2639, and schedule your consultation appointment now!