What Are Dental Implants?
For a patient who is missing one or more permanent teeth, Dr. Mark L. Pitel may recommend dental implants in Poughkeepsie, New York. A dental implant is a restoration that replaces both the missing tooth and its root. A dental implant is made up of a titanium post, which fuses with the jawbone, and a dental restoration, like a dental crown or bridge. There are usually three phases to getting a dental implant:
Implant Post Placement
Our dentist will first surgically place the implant post into the socket of the missing tooth. We recommend that you eat soft, cold foods and warm soup during the healing process.
During osseointegration, the jawbone will heal around the implant post and fuse with it. This provides a solid foundation. Osseointegration takes time. Often, patients need to wait until the implant is completely fused with the bone, which takes several months, before having the replacement tooth or teeth attached. Other patients can have the implant post and replacement teeth placed in a single visit.
The last phase of the implant process is the placement of replacement teeth. Depending on your needs, a crown, bridge, or denture will be constructed to be attached to your implant. Your custom restoration will match the shade of your natural teeth. The construction of restorations can take time, so our dentist may provide a temporary restoration in the interim. Once your crown, bridge, or denture is complete, our dentist will attach it to your dental implant. The fit, size, and shape will be checked and adjusted as needed.
We invite you to contact our office today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment. We are excited to help you reach your dreams for you smile!