Dental Implants and Caps for That Perfect Smile!
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root replacement and is used in prosthetic dentistry. There are several types of implants. The most widely recognized and accepted type of implant is the Osseo integrated implant. It was discovered that titanium could be successfully incorporated into bone when osteoblasts grew on and into the rough surface of the implanted titanium. This forms a structural and functional connection between the living bone and the implant. An Oral Surgeon or a Periodontist will place the implant and a period of three to four months is allowed for Osseo integration (the bone to grow into the implant). After that time frame the implant is uncovered and a healing cap is placed into the implant. This is where Dr McConnell and his experienced staff come in and place a customized abutment into the implant upon which a crown, series of crowns or a bridge may be placed. The crowns and bridgework can be secured to the abutment by either a fastening screw or more popularly by cementing the crown onto the abutment. This is a wonderful procedure for multiple missing teeth that can and will provide a beautiful and functional smile for a very long time.