Getting permanent dental implants can be life-changing yet daunting for many patients. However, understanding the science behind how permanent dental implants work can help put your mind at ease. When done correctly, dental implants are one of the longest-lasting and most functional tooth replacement options available today. Join us as we explore the science behind permanent dental implants and what you can expect during the implant process at Mylifesmiles.
The Implant Site: Integrating with the Bone
The first step in the implant process involves preparing the implant site within the jawbone to allow the dental implant to integrate and fuse securely within the bone, a process known as osseointegration. To begin, your dentist will use 3D imaging scans to plan the precise placement of your custom-designed titanium implant. The implant site is then prepared by gently drilling into the jawbone to create space within the bone matrix to allow bone cells and blood vessels to intertwine tightly within and around the titanium implant screw. This biological process stabilizes the implant and provides the foundation necessary to support a replacement crown or bridgework for decades.
Following placement of the implant screw into the jawbone, specialized cells called osteoblasts migrate to the implant site and begin secreting collagen fibers that integrate with the titanium oxide layer that naturally forms on the implant’s surface. This kickstarts the osseointegration process, allowing the jawbone to grow into extremely close contact with the implant. State-of-the-art implant screw designs feature microscopic ridges, pits, and grooves that maximize the bone-implant contact area to enhance osseointegration strength and accelerate healing. Total osseointegration is achieved within 3-6 months, and the implant is ready to support your custom-designed tooth replacement.
Creating Your Replacement Tooth
The next phase involves creating a natural-looking tooth crown or bridgework that attaches securely to the integrated implant screw. Your dentist at Mylifesmiles will take an impression of your teeth and jaw and send this along with specifications on the precise positioning of your implant screw to our onsite lab technicians. They then create a custom-designed tooth restoration from biocompatible porcelain fused onto strong metal alloys for unmatched durability. This life-like replacement tooth is contoured and shaded to blend seamlessly with your natural smile.
The Implant Restoration Attachment Process
In the final step, your precision-designed implant restoration is securely attached to the successfully integrated implant screw to complete the process and restore full function. State-of-the-art dental cement is used to fasten your beautiful new crown or techniques such as screw-retained bridgework may be used for a secure hold. Your dentist will ensure your bite alignment is comfortable before the process is finalized. Welcome your bright new smile!
A Rejuvenated Smile for Life
Modern dental implant systems’ highly biocompatible and bacteria-resistant materials allow them to serve as incredibly long-lasting and low-maintenance tooth replacement solutions. When properly placed by an experienced dentist like ours, you can expect your implants to function for several decades with proper care. Our compassionate team at Mylifesmiles is here to support you each step toward a revitalized, complete smile that will last a lifetime.
In conclusion, the journey to permanent dental implants involves meticulous planning, advanced technology, and expert craftsmanship. At Mylifesmiles, our experienced team ensures a seamless process, from osseointegration to attaching a custom-designed restoration. Embrace a revitalized, lasting smile with our state-of-the-art dental implant solutions. Contact our Richardson office today and embark on a lifetime of confident smiles.