Lost a Tooth to Trauma or Disease?
Long-Lasting Tooth Replacement
A dental implant restoration is the most important part of your dental implant. Once your implant has been placed by an oral surgeon, Forest Lake dentist Dr. Jonathan Siverson can create a custom-built restoration that will restore your missing teeth and allow you to smile brightly for years to come. Call our office today by dialing (651) 464-8207 to set up an appointment!
Understanding the Basics
What Is A Dental Implant?
Dental implants consist of two different parts: a dental implant, and a dental implant restoration. The dental implant itself is a small, screw-shaped piece of titanium. This implant is placed directly into the gum and jaw bone where your missing tooth used to be. After it heals for a period of 3-6 months, it will bond with the bone, and function as an artificial root.
A dental implant restoration, on the other hand, is the dental prosthesis that is replacing your natural tooth. This would be a dental crown in the case of a single-tooth restoration. The crown or other form of restoration is attached to the implant and effectively replaces the missing tooth or teeth.
Dental crowns are not the only type of dental implant restoration. In some cases, multiple dental implants can be used to support a fixed dental bridge and replace multiple missing teeth, or a permanent or removable implant-supported denture can be used to restore a full arch of missing teeth.
The Right Treatment For You
Do I Need a Dental Implant?
If you’re suffering from tooth loss, we’ll discuss your needs for a dental implant restoration from Dr. Jonathan Siverson at Forest Lake Smiles.
If implants are determined to be your best option, we’ll refer you to an oral surgeon to have your implants placed. Then, you’ll come back to our office to have your dental implant restoration built.
What To Expect
The Dental Implant Restoration Process
The process of dental implant restoration placement will begin a few weeks after your dental implants have been placed. After your implants have begun to heal, you’ll come to Forest Lake Smiles for a follow-up appointment. Dr. Siverson will check your mouth to ensure that the healing process is progressing properly.
You’ll also have dental impressions and images taken of your mouth. This information will be sent to an outside dental lab, where your dental implant restoration will be built. You may need to come into our office for several follow-up appointments to have your restoration checked and ensure that it feels secure.
Replace A Full Arch Of Teeth
Full dentures are typically only a good option if you have lost most or all of your natural teeth due to oral trauma, gum disease, or extensive tooth decay. This is because full dentures must be fitted directly to your gums, and require the removal of all of your remaining teeth.
Depending on your oral health, you can use full dentures to replace the upper, lower, or both arches of your teeth. In just a few weeks, you can completely restore your smile, speak normally, eat your favorite foods, and feel confident about your appearance once again.
Once your dental implants have healed fully (a process that usually takes 3-6 months), you’ll come into our office for your final appointment. Dr. Siverson will check your implants to make sure that the restoration fits properly. If the fit is perfect, your dental implant restoration will be attached to your implant(s), restoring your smile. This completes the procedure. Contact our Forest Lake dental office today by calling (651) 464-8207 to set up an appointment.