Once the dental implant has established stability in the jaw, restoration loading can begin. There are different strategies for loading implant restorations based on the health of the patient. The type of implant restorations chosen will also differ depending on the patient’s individual dental needs.
Restorations: Immediate Loading of Dental Implants
Many times the bone tissue surrounding the extracted tooth is healthy and strong enough to immediately support the dental implant. When this is the case, restorations can also be loaded the same day.
Generally on the front teeth, the first restoration will be acrylic in order to test alignment, bite and function of the new prosthetic. This temporary restoration allows the gums to heal properly and look natural before the final restoration is placed. When the dentist is certain of fit, specifications will be sent to the lab to create permanent porcelain restorations.
Dental Implant Video Education
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Delayed Loading of Dental Implant Restorations
When ridge preservation treatment is needed, delayed loading of restorations allows the implant post to heal. Delayed loading typically occurs 90 or more days after the successful placement of the titanium implant post. This allows the bone to fully osseointergrate with the post and support restorations.
The term osseointegration refers to the healing period, in which the jawbone fuses with the titanium post of the dental implant. Bone has a unique characteristic that allows the direct integration between itself and the implant without intermediary soft tissues. The titanium posts contain small pores allowing bone tissue to migrate, effectively making the post part of the bone structure. Once this process is complete the dental implant post is ready to have the restoration loaded.
While the osseintegration process is taking place, a healing abutment is placed over the implant post. This abutment acts as a temporary restoration which allows the gums to heal around the implant. After the dental implant is stable and the gums are healed, the abutment can be removed and the restoration aesthetically placed.
Types of Dental Implant Restorations
Three types of restorations can be loaded on a dental implant: crowns, bridges or implant supported full or partial dentures. These prosthetic restorations are what ultimately give the implant its ability to function. While porcelain crowns are by far the most common restorations, other options are just as beneficial for the right patient.
Dental Implant Video Education: All on Four Technique
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Dental implants are a great alternative for patients missing most or all of their teeth. Those who are tired of their old, traditional dentures can opt for a new implant supported denture. These types of prosthetics offer advanced levels of stability, function and confidence. Advanced implant options such as the All-on-Four technique represent an incredible solution to restoring the health of the entire mouth.
For additional information about dental implants, advanced restorations, or to schedule a consultation; contact the dental professionals at Dr. Ueckert’s office today.