Dental Implants are small titanium screws that are used to replace teeth. They may also be used to retain dentures. These titanium metal posts act as anchors in the bone. Dental implants biologically fuse (osseointegrate) to the bone to provide a strong foundation for new teeth. Dental implants are stronger than natural teeth, prevent further bone loss and will last for many years. For single tooth replacement, dental implants may be placed at the same time as the dental extraction if the bone conditions are appropriate. If immediate placement is not possible, a bone graft material is placed in the extraction socket and allowed to regenerate natural bone over time. The bone graft material typically requires 4 to 5 months time to harden before the dental implant may be inserted.
Temporary single tooth retainers are often recommended for appearance but also to maintain the space and prevent drifting of adjacant teeth. Once the implant is inserted, 3 to 4 months time will be required for the titanium and the bone to fuse. A temporary tooth is often fabricated to attach to the implant while the 4 month healing phase occurs.
Dr. Vigna will be able to fabricate both the temporary retainer and the final tooth digitally with his Omnicam Intra-Oral Scanner. No more gagging with impression material. No more drooling while you wait for the impression material to set.
The digital impression is sent to the lab and within a week or so, the temporary tooth is inserted for you. Dr. Vigna will also be able to fabricate your final Zirconia crown in a similar fashion once the implant foundation is fused to the bone.
New techniques allow Dr. Vigna to use an angulated access channels to insert your tooth crown onto the implant. This significantly reduces the need to cement (glue) the tooth onto the implant. Cement is toxic to the gum and bone and is responsible for 81% of implant infections (peri-implantitis)