At Hill Country Oral Surgery we have performed countless numbers of dental implant procedures. We are well versed in all aspects of the implant process including hard and soft tissue grafting, as well as managing implant complications. You can have the utmost confidence in choosing a provider at Hill Country Oral Surgery as your implant surgeon.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium screws with specially treated surfaces that can be placed in the jaws and support teeth without rejection. Although this may seem like a new technology, the first dental implant was placed by P.I. Branemark in 1965. Since that time, millions of implants have been placed. Implants can be used to support a single tooth, or be bridged together to support multiple teeth, and in the most extreme situations be used to support an entire arch of teeth, the All-On- Four treatment concept. What most people consider as the “implant” is made of three separate structures, the implant, the abutment, and the crown. The implant that dentists and dental specialists refer to actually corresponds to the root portion of the tooth. It is the screw that is placed into the bone. This screw has an internal channel where components may be screwed into place. The abutment serves as an “adapter” between the crown and the screw. The crown itself goes over the abutment and is the chewing surface, or what most people know as the actual tooth. In most healthy situations, not including implant- supported dentures, the only visible structure of these three is the crown.
What can I expect from the dental implant process?
The dental implant process is actually highly variable and dependent on each individual’s situation. The time from implant placement to final restoration can average 3-6 months. In more extreme circumstances it can take longer. Ideally, we would like to place the implant the same day we remove a tooth (immediate implant placement). This, however, dependent on many different factors and is not always possible. A consultation with an X-ray and physical examination will allow us to discuss your treatment options as well as your expected timeline. Our ultimate goal at Hill Country Oral Surgery is to restore you to function with natural appearing teeth as quickly as possible, but most of all give you a predictable long-term solution.
What is immediate implant placement?
Immediate implant placement is when the dental implant is placed at the same time as the tooth extraction. The benefit of placing the implant immediately is shortening the healing time and time to final restoration by 2-4 months. The ability to be able to perform immediate implant placement is determined by many factors, but most importantly the existing bone and the size and shape of the existing tooth roots. We will only attempt immediate implant placement if we know you will have a predictable result.
Are there other procedures required to have healthy implants?
A healthy and natural looking dental implant requires both adequate bone and sufficient gum tissue. When teeth are not present, the gingival tissues and bone can shrink and atrophy. Some people may require soft tissue grafting to add robust tissue to the area, or bone grafting to add support to the dental implant.
Schedule Your Consultation
Schedule a consultation for your Dental Implant today to determine your best choices. During a consultation, patients meet with their surgeon and the staff to discuss procedure options in more detail. Patients may ask questions about desired outcome as well as view before and after photos of similar procedures.