Missing or damaged teeth are inconvenient and unattractive. But many patients become overwhelmed by the number of options out there to fix their tooth problems. We are here to let our patients know that dental implants are a superior option. In just a few short visits with Dr. Caputo, most patients can leave with a gorgeous and functional new smile. Here is some additional information about the dental implant placement process.
To understand the placement process, patients first need to learn about the basic anatomy of the dental implant. The pieces are 1) the fixture (root piece), 2) the abutment (middle piece), and 3) the crown (or prosthetic tooth). Here are some more details about how each piece is placed.
Although they seem like they would require many complicated steps, dental implants can be easily placed in just four simple stages: 1) the initial examination, 2) inserting the fixture, 3) attaching the abutment, and 4) placing the crown.
Here is a more detailed description of the four simple stages:
Stage one: Once you decide that dental implants are a good tooth replacement option, you will schedule an examination with Dr. Caputo. During this initial examination, your mouth and jawbone will be measured and evaluated to determine where the best location is for your dental implants. X-rays and CAT scans may also be taken to ensure proper and safe placement of the implant. Patients will also have the opportunity to ask plenty of questions.
Stage two: A small incision is made in the gum tissues and a titanium fixture will be attached to your jawbone. The incision is then sutured and the patient will be sent home for a period of healing. During this time, it is extremely important that you follow your doctor’s instructions precisely to ensure proper healing. Excessive pressure on the implant area could cause pain, infection, or even possible implant failure.
Stage three: After your implants have healed properly, you will return to have a small piece called an abutment attached to the fixture piece. The abutment is a middle piece between the fixture and the crown that covers the titanium piece and ensures a more natural look. During this stage, Dr. Caputo will also begin crafting your new replacement tooth to perfectly match the shape, color, and size of your natural teeth.
Stage four: The final stage is for the crown to be placed on the abutment piece. When this is complete, you can enjoy your beautiful new smile for many decades!
The initial examination is a very important part of the dental implants process. The reason for this is because not every patient is immediately prepared for dental implants. Some patients may need supplemental procedures before they can have implants placed. The initial examination will help Dr. Caputo determine what the best treatment plan is for you and your optimal dental well being. For more information on supplemental procedures, please check out our Supplemental Procedures page.
One of the best parts about dental implants is that they require no extra maintenance and can be cared for just as you would your real teeth. Patients will need to brush and floss every day, as well as to visit their dentist. Your implants can be cleaned and examined at the same time as your regular dental check-ups.
Many of our patients ask how long dental implants last. Well, there is no one simple answer to this question. Unlike dentures or bridges, dental implants can last a lifetime if cared for properly. However, the exact amount of time they will last for depends on the oral health condition of the patient, how the patient cares for their teeth, and what kind of implants are chosen.
Want to know more about what makes a good candidate, or how you can finance your dental implants? Read through the rest of our website or call our Palm Harbor, FL office and speak to one of our friendly staff members. We can’t wait to help you restore a stunning smile today with dental implants from Paul L. Caputo, DDS!
Dr. Paul L. Caputo
3490 East Lake Rd. Suite A
Palm Harbor, FL 34685
Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM