We welcome our returning readers and those of you who are new to this blog! We appreciate your return for the last segment of this article series. If you have been following this blog for any length of time, we probably don’t need to tell you Dr. Scharf has long been reputed for devotion to the improvement of our readers as well as the patients of Dr. Scharf. If you aren’t acquainted with Dr. David Scharf, allow me to introduce you to a man who is a Periodontist in Long Island, who understands the importance of keeping his followers up-to-date on new technology and modern research, primarily as it influences their lives and those they love, who are afflicted with gum disease. He thoroughly enjoys sharing information pertinent to his readers and patients health and well-being. This current article series focuses on the process of dental implant treatment, and we have hoped to familiarize you with the incredible technological options which are available for the permanent replacement of missing teeth. In our past postings, we have been discussing the step-by-step process involved in dental implantation. We invite you to continue this journey with us as we conclude this article series on dental implantation treatment with the promised discussion about post placement and final crown placement.
Last week, we left off with the bone grafting technique having been completed and healing time commencing. As we stated in the last segment of this series, this particular step in the dental implantation process generally requires at least four months of healing. This healing time is only an estimate because each of our bodies is different regarding the healing properties of various types of tissue.
Once the gum and bone grafting sites are determined by Dr. Scharf to have healed sufficiently, he then proceeds with the placing of the posts for the dental implants. These posts, made of titanium, are the new “roots” for your dental implants, and they are placed directly into the jawbone tissue. Local numbing medication is given, a hole pre-drilled into the jawbone, making it easier to insert the post. Dr. Scharf then places the post into the pre-drilled hole and closes the gum tissue around it.
As you might expect, as with other steps in the process which involved cutting or drilling, Dr. Scharf must allow for time for healing before the final steps completed. The healing of the bone and gum tissue, as well as the integration of the post with that tissue, requires approximately 4 to 6 months of time. Once appropriately healed, the head of the post uncovered and an abutment attached which will hold the final crown.
Final Crown Placement
The placement of the final crown may resemble that of the fitting required for dentures and bridges in that impressions must be made of the exposed post abutments and adjacent areas to ensure that an order placed for the crown will fit perfectly. For your new crown to blend in with the rest of your existing teeth (whether natural or implanted), a color matching process will be performed at the time of the impression. Once these steps are taken, the order for your new crown is placed. Your new dental implant crown will most likely take a couple of weeks to be available, at which time, Dr. Scharf’s office will contact you for the visit to finish the job. The most significant part of this whole process is that your wait is over — since everything will have healed at each stage in the treatment when your crown placed, you can display it immediately for the world to see!
Though these steps seem like forever to complete, the result will be nothing short of miraculous, allowing you to beam that bright smile at everyone you meet. Throughout the process, Dr. Scharf and his entire team are there for you, just as they are now, as you become established and consider your treatment options for the treatment of gum disease in any member of your family. Call Dr. Scharf at (631)661-6633 or visit him online at https://drscharf.com. He wants to be your Periodontist on Long Island, and he wants to tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser instead of a scalpel.