Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that help people in all walks of life retain their quality of living. They improve the appearance of teeth and can return normal eating function to those who struggle with tooth loss. There are two ways Dr. Sedaros can place dental implants. Each has their own pros and cons and we’ll discuss those in this blog.
Dental implants have been traditionally placed in two stages. New technology has allowed us to simplify the process to a single stage. Before you make your decision consider carefully each procedure.
Two-Stage Dental Implant
For a two-stage dental implant, the implant is placed in the jawbone and the gum tissue is stitched back in place to allow the implant to heal for three to six months. You’re able to wear dentures and eat soft foods during this time. The second stage involves a minor surgery to expose the implant, attach the titanium posts, and your new prosthetic teeth.
This procedure takes about six to eight months to complete and patients normally are only minimally impacted by the disruption. Although, two surgical procedures can be a deterrent for some patients.
Single-Stage Dental Implant
Single-stage dental implants are an advanced procedure that allows Dr. Sedaros to place the implants in one visit. The implant is larger than a traditional dental implant, and after several months of healing the posts and prosthetic teeth can be placed without surgical intervention.
This procedure has similar heal time; however, not having to undergo a second procedure is helpful for many patients. In some cases the prosthetic teeth can be placed on the implant with at the same time.
For questions about which dental implant procedure best suits your needs, give Dr. Sedaros a call today. During your consultation, he’ll be able to help you make the best decision for your oral surgery needs.