Dental implants are fabricated from titanium. A complete implant includes three pieces: the implant, a titanium screw inserted into the jawbone, the abutment, which serves as a connection between the implant and crown, and the crown, the visible part resembling the tooth.
Dental implants are an artificial tooth root that is surgically inserted into the jaw bone. Each root provides a stable and permanent foundation for the restoration of a tooth, resulting in substitutes that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
What is the process for a dental implant?
- Consultation and Treatment Plan:During the preliminary phase of the dental implant process, imaging is collected, and your medical and dental histories are studied to get a clear picture of the patient’s health. Then the treatment options are explored to conceive a plan that ensures that both your health and economic goals meet.
- Extraction:The next step in a dental implant is to have the tooth extracted, which needs restoration. In some cases, it is possible to insert the implant at the same time of extraction. In some extreme situations, bone grafting will be required preceding the implant placement.
- Bone Grafting:It is not uncommon for the jawbone to lack the mass needed to receive an implant. In such situations, a bone graft will be performed first to strengthen the marked area. Bone grafting is usually followed by several months of healing before the implant can be placed.
- Dental Implant Surgery:During the implant procedure, a titanium screw is inserted into your jawbone. Local anesthesia is administered for comfort during the surgery, which takes about 1-2 hours.
- Osseointegration:After placing the implant, it is covered with the surrounding soft tissue, and a gap of 3 months is left to allow for the fusion of the implants to the bone.
- Final Restoration: After the Osseointegration process has taken place, the final crown restoration is placed with the support of an abutment.
What are the benefits of Dental Implants?
- Dental implants come in various dimensions. The dentist will coordinate with you to design implants that match the shade of your adjacent teeth and fit perfectly in the gap.
- A person is also likely to lose bone mass in the jaw when you lose teeth. The jawbone needs the stimulus it receives when your teeth unite to preserve its mass.
- Since the dental implants are fixed into your jaw with a titanium post that acts as the tooth root, they enable you to bite with more or less the same amount of force you could as your original teeth. The other tooth replacement alternatives do not restore your bite force because they are not anchored in place.
- The teeth support the facial structure, and that support is lost when you lose teeth, which eventually causes your face to change shape, giving you an older appearance. Dental implants provide the same support for your face preventing it from changing shape.
- The imitation teeth still need to be taken care of properly to prevent the accumulation of bacteria in your mouth and cause more infections. Still, the material that dental implants are manufactured from cannot decay. There is no necessity to be apprehensive about cavities from dental implants.
- Other tooth replacement options will need to be repaired or replaced periodically, but dental implants are designed to last for a lifetime.
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