Associates of Dental Arts
Dr. Gregory Kivett

How does a dental implant work?

Dr. Gregory Kivett is a dentist who does dental implants in Joplin, MO to replace missing teeth in adults. Dental implants are a modern technological achievement in the dental field. If you have lost a tooth or have several missing teeth, talk with Dr. Kivett about the benefits of implants and find out how they work. Here is a closer look at how dental implants can help to restore your smile and improve your overall oral health.javascript:void(0)

Components of the Dental Implant

Dental implants are comprised of two parts, a titanium screw that is placed right into the gums and fuses with the jawbone, and a supporting piece called an abutment that connects the screw with the crown, bridge or denture.

Dr. Kivett places dental implants either on the bone or right into the bone. If he decides to place the implant in the bone, it is an endosteal procedure. This procedure is well suited for patients who are switching from dentures and dental bridges. If implants are placed on the bone just above the jaw bone, it is called the subperiosteal procedure. This implant can be a good match for patients with regressing bone heights. Patients who undergo this procedure cannot wear removable dentures.

Dental Implant Procedure for Missing Teeth in Adults

Your dental implant procedure is typically broken up into multiple sessions. During the first session, damaged teeth will be removed and Dr. Kivett will prepare your jaw bone for surgery. Any bone grafts needed will also be performed during this stage. Once the jaw bone heals, Dr. Kivett will surgically place the dental implants into your jaw. A healing cap will be installed and your dental implant screw will be given time to fuse with your jaw. Healing time for a dental implants varies depending on the person and what the implant is for. After the dental implant is fused to the jaw, we will be ready to put on the abutment and “load” the implant with a crown, bridge, or denture.

After the Procedure

After getting dental implants it is important that you come in for regular dental implant maintenance. This will make sure that your dental implants stay clean. If you implant does not stay clean, you have the risk of an infection that may cause you to lose the dental implant. With regular maintenance your implant should last a lifetime.  

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