When a patient is missing one or more teeth, Dr. Cochran may recommend single-tooth implants.
Generally, during this procedure, Dr. Cochran will create an opening in the jawbone in order to place the implant. This is done because the implant will act as the new root for the crown that will eventually be fixed to replace the missing tooth. The procedure will go as follows:
The implant, which is made of titanium, is placed in the opening that Dr. Cochran has created along the jaw bone. Using a screw, an abutment is attached to the top of the implant. This piece has been shaped to resemble a natural tooth. Finally, the artificial crown is either screwed or cemented to the abutment.
Traditionally, the entire procedure can take up to a year to complete. Dr. Cochran will perform a comprehensive examination of the patient so that he has a complete understanding of the patient’s needs. He will also take dental x-rays and create impressions of the patient’s teeth and gums during this time. Then, the first surgery will include placing the new implant. A healing period of 4–7 months is required before the second surgery can commence placing the abutment and crown.
Please get into contact with Dr. Cochran and our team if you wish to receive complete details about this operation.