What Parts of an Implant are Done by a Dentist or Specialist?

Implant

Today, we’re breaking down which parts of an implant are done by a general dentist, and which are done by a specialist.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a screw that is placed directly into the jaw of the bone to replace the tooth’s natural roots. Implants are made of titanium, which is known to fuse with human bone.

The implant mimics a natural tooth root, and is designed to easily attach to a prosthetic dental crown to match your natural tooth shape and shade. Once your implant is complete, it will be almost completely indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth, and it will function just like a natural tooth.. 

When properly cared for, your dental implant can last a lifetime. The crown may need replacement over time due to wear from chewing. . This makes your investment in your implant a long-lasting investment in the look, function and health of your smile.

General Dentist Treatment

The initial planning for your implant placement will most likely be done by your general dentist. He or she will inspect the area, take note of the bone density, and develop your treatment plan. If your dentist will be referring you out for the actual placement of the implant, they will likely be in contact with the specialist to create a cohesive plan.

Specialist Treatment

If your general dentist does not offer implant placement services, no worries; your dentist will refer you to an implant specialist for the placement. The type of specialist you see for placement may vary depending on the preference of both yourself and your dentist, as well as the complexity of the case.

It is likely that you will return to your dentist once you have healed to have the connective abutment attachment and prosthetic crown placed overtop. 

After your implant placement, you will have a sturdy and beautiful new “tooth” that will last decades if properly cared for. 

Dental Implants in San Jose, CA

EZ Dental is proud to offer comprehensive dental implant services in San Jose, CA

For more information about dental implants or to get scheduled for an appointment in our San Jose dental office, give us a call at (408) 227-6000.

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