The tooth structure has two main sections, the root and the crown. The root is the section of the tooth that is below the gum line. A dental implant acts as a replacement for this section of the tooth. The metal titanium implant acts as an anchor in the jawbone. The first step of the procedure is surgical placement of the implant. Under regular dental anesthetic the gum tissue is opened and Dr. Cohen places the implant into the jawbone. When this is achieved, the tissue is then sutured closed.
There is not often significant discomfort with this procedure. This process can take from 1-3 hours depending on the number of implants being placed.
This implant will take 2 to 4 months to integrate with the bone. During this time, the bone will grow around the implant in a process called osseointegration. Depending on the number of implants placed and the position of the implants it may be possible to place an immediate fixed temporary on the implant fixtures the day of the implant placement. This will provide an esthetic restoration while the implant heals and the definitive restoration is fabricated. If you wear a removable prosthesis you will be able to usually wear that prosthesis immediately after the procedure.
The next step in the process is to attach an abutment to the implant fixture. An impression is made with a transfer coping to create a cast for the fabrication of the abutment. This is the part of the implant that will support the final crown. The final restoration is fabricated on the abutment and may be placed the same day that the abutment is placed in the mouth.
This restoration is comfortable and cosmetically pleasing. Your completed implant will be fully functional, allowing you to resume normal activities.
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- Dr. Cohen has published numerous articles on dental implants and has lectured both nationally and internationally on the subject.
- Dr Cohen has a patent on an implant device that has improved the ease of implant treatment.