Following tooth extraction there is often resorption of the surrounding bone, resulting in loss of both bone height and width. As bone resorbs the overlying gum tissue also tends to lose both volume and its normal anatomic form. This loss of bone and gum tissue following tooth extraction often results in both functional and cosmetic defects, leaving an unsightly collapsed appearance.
At Lakeview Dental we take a proactive stance on bone preservation, and because of advances in grafting procedures and bioengineering, bone and gum tissue loss following tooth removal can either be greatly reduced or completely eliminated. This proactive technique is termed ridge preservation bone grafting. Following the removal of a tooth, a specially bioengineered graft material is placed within the extraction socket. The bone graft material not only supports new bone growth, but also has been shown to preserve bone and overlying soft tissue following tooth removal.
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Implant is placed
The implant is inserted into the bone with minimal drilling. The gums will grow over the surgery site in about 14 days.
Bone heals around the implant
It takes aprox. two (2) to six (6) months of healing for the bone around the implant to be strong enough to support a tooth.
A temporary mini denture is delivered
While the bone is healing, a removable temporary single-tooth denture is worn for proper function & esthetics during the implant healing phase.
An abutment is screwed into the implant
The implant is uncovered with a laser. A biocompat-ible titanium abut-ment is inserted into the implant. An impression is taken. It is sent to a lab for fabrication of an IPS e-max crown.
The crown is cemented onto the abutment
The implant support-ed crown will feel and function like a natural tooth