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Sandalwood Dental Care Center offers a wide variety of dental care services
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Dental Implant Restoration

Implant Placement and Restoration

The doctors at Sandalwood Dental Care Center currently do not place the anchoring part of the dental implant in the bone. An implant surgical specialist, such as a Periodontist or Oral Surgeon, frequently does the placement of the implant in the bone. After the placement of the implant and adequate healing time, the doctors at Sandalwood Dental Care Center will finish restoring the implant. Traditionally, this is done in two steps. First, the healing cap covering the top of the anchoring portion of the implant will be removed, and an abutment (post) is screwed into the implant to provide a solid foundation for the implant crown (cap). After the abutment (post) is in place, an impression (mold) will be taken. The impression will then be sent to the dental laboratory for fabrication of the implant crown, the abutment will be removed, and the healing cap will be placed back over the anchoring part of the implant until the next appointment. Secondly, when the implant crown is returned from the dental laboratory, the healing cap is removed, the abutment (post) is checked for proper fit, and then screwed into the anchoring portion of the implant. The implant crown will be checked for proper fit and will be permanently cemented to the implant abutment.

Currently, with the benefit of computer generated digital impressions, traditional tray impressions can now be eliminated. This advanced technology has created a more efficient workflow from the implant surgical specialist to our implant restoring dentists at Sandalwood Dental Care Center. After confirmation of proper healing, the implant surgical specialist will digitally scan the anchoring portion of the implant and soft tissue implant site. This will be electronically sent to our dental laboratory. The lab will then fabricate the implant crown (cap) from this scan. The customized implant abutment (post) is also fabricated by this technology or a prefabricated abutment may be used. Regardless of the implant crown and abutment type, this workflow now eliminates an impression appointment in our office. When the implant crown (cap) and abutment (post) is returned from our laboratory, the abutment placement into the anchoring portion of the implant and the crown cementation procedure is done as with traditional restoration of implants.

Once in place, an implant will provide adequate support and function for chewing and speaking, as well as aesthetics, possibly for a lifetime.