Rutherford Cosmetic Preventative Dentistry
Dental Implant, Implant Dentist
In preparing for a dental implant at Dr. Graber’s Rutherford Dental office, x-rays will need to be taken so that Dr. Steven Reff can check the shape and the thickness of the jawbone. These x-rays will also show the position of other structures in the mouth such as nerves and sinuses. This free consultation provides an opportunity to understand and ask questions about what will happen during the procedure. Risks and benefits will also be discussed.
In many cases, Dr. Reff surgically removes a tooth, and places a dental implant at the same time. Since a natural tooth is greater in diameter than an impact body, bone grafting material is placed around the implant to facilitate its integration with the patients jaw bone.
It takes four to six months for the implant to be integrated into the jawbone. When the implants has been integrated into the jaw bone, a second procedure is needed to uncover the gum over the implant. A healing cap is then placed. Once the gums are shaped around the healing cap, an abutment is screwed into the implant. This allows the future crown to be retained, thus restoring the function and structure of the lost tooth.
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