If teeth are extracted due to decay or as the result of an injury, implants may be used to replace the missing teeth. The current surgical techniques and intravenous sedation may reduce pain and the final result can replicate nature in both function and appearance.
The process comprises two stages: the surgical placement of a titanium implant, and the delivery of replacement teeth, after a healing period of 3-6 months.
When teeth are missing or extracted, the jawbone in which it is anchored to can be lost as well.The overlying gum also recedes, reducing the amount of support for the face and lips.
This often creates an aged appearance. As bone is required to place implants, there is a need to “grow back the bone”.
Thankfully, even if teeth have been lost for a long time, implants can still be placed after regenerating the jaw bone using a combination of bone grafts and special membranes.
Temporary Crowns & Bridges
In some cases, a missing tooth can be replaced with an implant and a temporary crown on the day of the extraction, if the remaining bone is sound.
However, the adjacent teeth are often needed to support a temporary bridge to close the space. With the current computer assisted techniques, we are able to place the temporary bridge shortly after the surgery.
Once the new bone is fully formed and the healing process is complete, permanent crowns can then be fixed.
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