Whether you're missing all, a few, or only one of your teeth, dental
implants may be right for you. Dental implants are tooth root substitutes
to which crowns, bridges, or dentures are attached. A major benefit
of implants is that they can eliminate the need to place crowns on
healthy teeth. And, if you are a denture wearer, implants can be very
effective for holding your denture in place and improving chewing
Most dental implants are titanium cylinders that are surgically placed
into the jawbone by an oral surgeon. The bone bonds to the
implants over a period of
several months through a process called osseointegration.
Dr. Olson works closely with your oral
surgeon. Together, they will decide when osseointegration is complete and your
gums have healed enough to begin completing the restoration.
The steps to complete the restoration
are essentially the same as for crowns and bridges or partial and
When your dental implants and new teeth are in place, you may begin
chewing in comfort and smile with confidence again. Your new teeth
can serve you well for many years if you keep your mouth healthy
and take care of your implants. This means taking the time to clean
all your teeth and implants regularly and having periodic checkups
with Dr. Olson.
The Implant Process
1. Titanium cylinders are surgically placed into the jawbone and
a temporary healing post is placed.
Healing time is
about ten weeks and the post is removed.
The final abutment is placed, and
the crown is attached.