Dental Implants

Get Rid Of That “Missing Tooth” Look Once And For All

Dental implants are a procedure available at Sonrisas Orthodontics and Periodontics. Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them.  Dental implants are the ideal solution to replacing one or more missing teeth. Here at Sonrisas Orthodontics and Periodontics, we can help you get that confident smile back once again. Dr. Cruz can offer you a permanent and aesthetic tooth replacement that will make you feel like you have your own tooth back again and complete your smile.

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How Do Dental Implants Work

Discover how each step in the dental implant process works to achieve a confident smile

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During the exam, Dr. Cruz and Dr. Farina will review your medical and dental history, take X-rays, and create impressions of your teeth and gums so that models can be made. In some cases, the dentist also may order a computed tomography (CT) scan of your mouth. This scan will help your dentist determine how much jawbone is available to hold the implants in place. It also will show the location of structures such as nerves and sinuses (located above your upper teeth) so they can be avoided during surgery.

First Surgery - Implant Placement

 

Month 1 (if no bone grafting is necessary)
Month 5 (if bone grafting is necessary)

Once you have enough bone to successfully hold an implant, you will schedule the first procedure, which involves placing the implant or implants in your jaw. A periodontist, oral surgeon or general dentist with training in implantology performs this procedure. It is done using a plastic surgical guide made by your prosthodontist or general dentist. The guide fits over your existing teeth and extends over the area where teeth are missing to show where the implants need to be placed.

Second Surgery - Placement of Crown of Healing Collar

 

Once the implants have become fused with the bone, you can schedule the second surgery. Your dentist will confirm whether the implant is ready for the second surgery by taking an X-ray. This surgery is simpler than the first. A new incision is made to expose the heads (tops) of the implants.

Placement of Permanent Crown

 

While you are wearing your temporary crown, the permanent crown will be made. It may take two to three weeks, or less, to make a permanent crown. The crown can be created from a model of your teeth and gum tissue that includes the abutment.

The crown can be either cemented or screwed to the abutment.

Caring For Your Implants

 

On an X-ray, you will be able to see the implant in the bone, the abutment and the crown. Dr. Cruz and Dr. Farina can look at how the implant, abutment and crown fit together and make sure that there are no problems.  Make sure to keep your regular appointments with Sonrisas Dental Center.

 

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