What is a Dental Implant?
The Three Components of a Dental Implant
Dental implants have three primary parts. These include:
1) The Implant. Often constructed of biocompatible, medical-grade titanium, the implant refers to the small cylindrically shaped component that Dr. Councill surgically implants into the jaw. As the implant heals, it integrates with the surrounding bone in a process called “osseointegration.” Healing generally takes anywhere from 4-6 months.
2) The Abutment. Dr. Councill inserts this screw-like device into the implant. The abutment supports the prosthetic restoration.
3) The Restoration. Depending on your individual case, the restoration, also called the prosthetic, could be a single crown, a bridge, or a full denture. The restoration replaces the crown portion of the tooth – the part visible above the gum line — and restores the normal function of your mouth.
How Do You Place Dental Implants?
In most cases, dental implant placement requires three separate procedures:
1) Planning and inserting the implant. Dr. Councill uses his Galileos® 3D Dental Cone Beam CT Scan to plan the ideal placement and angle for each implant. Once he has located the best point of insertion, he surgically inserts the implant into the jawbone.
2) Exposing the implant and inserting the abutment. Since the implant has been allowed to osseointegrate below the surface of the gum, it must be exposed to allow for the insertion of the abutment. After exposing the implant, Dr. Councill screws in the abutment. Several weeks are needed to allow the gums and implant site to heal before the final step.
3) Placing the restoration. Restorations are created based on anatomical measurements of your teeth and other oral structures. Whether you receive a single crown or a full denture, you can feel confident that it has been crafted to meet your unique needs.
A traditional dental implant placement procedure, from planning through restoration, could take anywhere from 6-12 months. That number will vary considerably based on a number of factors. For edentulous patients who want the benefits of a full set of teeth, but who don’t want to wait, Dr. Councill can place All-On-4®. Also referred to as “teeth in a day,” this innovative system allows Dr. Councill to plan, place, and restore a full set of beautiful, functional teeth in a single day. To learn more, please visit our All-On-4 page.
Dental Implants with Your Cypress Dentist
If you or a family member has just lost a tooth or has been living without teeth for years, call our office at (281) 376-9246. Our Cypress, TX, dentist office proudly provides a full range of expert implant dentistry services to patients in Cypress, Houston, Spring, Tomball, and Katy, Texas.