Contrary to popular belief, dental implants are not a new treatment option. In fact, dental implants have existed in one form or another for over 4000 years. But trust us, you would much rather have one now than back in Ancient China! A dental implant is composed of three parts: the implant (which mimics the root of a tooth), an abutment (a transfer/connector piece), and a crown (mimics your visible tooth).
Dental implants have come a long way throughout their history. The first recorded dental implants were made of materials including bamboo pegs and sea shells, and later, copper, iron, human and animal teeth.
Recently, ceramic dental implants have entered the scene. Ceramic is also highly biocompatible, and more closely resembles your natural tooth structure—but ceramic is not as strong and durable as titanium. A consultation with Dr. Kriegel can help determine if dental implants are an option for you!
If you’ve done any research into local dental implant providers in North Liberty, you may have only seen titanium as an option. Here is why we focus on ceramic implants:
Film x-rays, physical impressions, and other outdated techniques may be nostalgic, but you wouldn’t trust an important dental procedure in the hands of yesteryear’s technology. Our modern dental implant workflow involves cone beam (CBCT) 3D imaging, and precision-guided surgical stents.
CBCT stands for cone beam computed tomography. This scanning technology helps us take 3D, 360° digital images, providing a whole new dimension of insight into your oral structures including your jawbone and sinus cavities. These 3D images are then used to map out your precise treatment plan, guiding every step of your surgery to ensure ideal placement and successful results.
Most general dentists would have to send you to an implant specialist or implantologist across town to receive your surgical dental implant placement. At Corridor Dental, we can provide your complete dental implant treatment right here in-house.