Dental implants are the most popular and also the ideal solution, for replacing your missing tooth/teeth. They have definitely changed the course of dentistry in the last quarter of a century or so.
A dental implant is basically a titanium post which is surgically inserted into the jawbone beneath the gum line to work as a tooth root. Post insertion, an implantologist will attach a crown on top of the implant to ensure the appearance of a natural tooth.
Tooth Implants not only look and feel like your natural teeth but also function like the same
One can face the problem of missing teeth at any point in life. Tooth loss can be due to trauma, accident, severe gum disease, tooth decay or even due to poor oral hygiene. If left untreated missing teeth can lead to various consequences such as:
Dental Implants help to overcome all the above-mentioned problems. They are no doubt the best, and most popular solution for the replacement of missing teeth. Dental implants are fit for every individual having missing teeth irrespective of their age and gender.
With a 98% success rate, implants assure dental patients about their teeth and gum’s wellbeing.
Placing a dental implant has various stages. They are listed as below:
Thanks to the modern dentistry techniques, it’s possible to make the implant placement procedure comfortable and pain-free. Concerned patients can also ask the dentist for sedation to feel relaxed while a dental implant is placed.
The procedure starts with the jawbone preparation, and the surgeon then makes a cut to expose the bone for drilling holes. The holes are kept deep enough for the implant to be placed properly and placed deep into the bone, like the root.
The doctor may require bone grafting in cases where the bone is weak or lacks the strength to support implant surgery. The surgeon then waits for the jawbone to heal and after that, places the metal post in it.
The entire process, from start to finish, may take many months where most of the time is spent on healing and waiting for the growth of new bone in the jaw.
After this, a temporary crown is given to the patient which is placed to fill the gap, and also for achieving the aesthetic goal. This crown can be taken off for implant procedure, one has to wait until the bone is healed properly
During this process, the jawbone will grow and unite with the surface of the dental implant. This process is also referred to as osseointegration as it helps to offer a durable base for the new artificial tooth, much like roots do for the natural teeth.
In general, this process takes between 3 to 6 months depending on the bone health & structure. However, the whole procedure can get completed in one day itself when patients have good bone structure.
After that, you can schedule the second surgery but only once the implants are fused with the bone. Your dentists will take an x-ray to confirm whether the implant is fit for the second surgery.
The second surgery will be simpler than the first where a new incision is made to expose the heads of the implants.
You may need another surgery to place the abutment (the piece where the crown will attach) but only after healing is complete. This procedure is relatively simple typically done with local anesthesia in an outpatient setting.
During the procedure, the dentist will re-open the wound to attach the abutment to dental implant. A temporary crown will be given for 4 to 6 weeks to let the gums around the abutment heal. Such a crown is softer which can cushion the implant and may stress the soft tissues that can help in healing.
For precaution purpose, you may need to eat only soft foods after each stage of surgery so to let the surgical site heal properly.
In the next stage, the dentist will focus on making the permanent crown look exactly like your natural teeth. All the elements like the surface texture, color and anatomy will be tuned up to blend with the surrounding dentition.
Impressions of your mouth and remaining teeth are taken to make the crown so that a realistic-looking artificial tooth can be made. The crown, however, will not be placed until the jawbone is strong enough to support the new tooth.
It takes less than 2 to 3 weeks to make a permanent crown which will then be cemented or screwed to the Implant.
After permanent crown placement, your doctor will explain post-implant care instruction.
Follow these post-operative instructions after Dental Implant procedure, and never hesitate in consulting the doctor for any question or problem:
The cost of dental implants may worry some patients; however, implants are not too heavy on your pocket. There are multiple parts to each procedure which actually leads to a perception of implants being expensive. It is critical to understand that if a missing tooth is not replaced with an implant, sooner or later the adjacent teeth start shifting and jawbone loss also starts which ultimately would turn out to be much more expensive to manage than a single dental implant.
Good oral hygiene is important not just for your teeth and gums but also for overall wellbeing. Follow these tips to improve your oral health:
Dental implants are known to last for very long, especially with proper care. They can last for as long as 25 years. Get dental implants from a professional at your nearest Clove Dental Clinic.
For missing teeth, dental implants have become the most promising choice. If your mouth is missing most or all of the teeth, then procedures like all-on-four and all-on-six can help get full mouth dental implants with 4 or 6 titanium posts on your jaw bone.
While getting dental implants from an expert implantologist, the patient will feel little or no pain at all. Part of the preparation for the implant includes administering a local anaesthetic so the patient does not feel any pain.
At Dr. Kamal’s Dental Clinic, one will get the best quality of treatment. We ensure that our patients get the value for the dental implant cost that they paid. Also, Dr. Kamal’s Dental Clinic purchases only from original manufacturers, therefore, maintaining authenticity and quality.