Dental implants are a highly durable, long-lasting way to replace missing teeth. They offer a natural-looking and feeling replacement for dentures or bridges, and they help preserve the bone in which they are placed. A tooth implant is a screw-shaped titanium post that’s surgically attached to the jawbone to support a false tooth. During the healing process, the implant and bone fuse together to form an enduring foundation for your new prosthesis. There are three surgical protocols: two-stage, one-stage, and immediate-loading.
In the first stage, the dentist numbs the gum area with local anesthesia. Then, they make an incision in the gum to expose the bone. Next, they use a drill to create space in the bone where the implant will be placed. The implant is then screwed into place. The surgeon may also attach a permucosal element or abutment to the implant.
Once the surgery is complete, the patient will have to wait a few months for the implant to heal. During this time, they can use a temporary restoration such as a dental flipper or a crown. Some patients might experience pain or discomfort in the area of the procedure, but this is common and can be eased with over-the-counter painkillers. During recovery, patients should avoid smoking and other unhealthy habits that could delay the healing process or put the implant at risk.
If a person has any underlying oral health issues, they will need to be managed before the procedure is carried out. If the dentist discovers that the jawbone is too weak to support an implant, they might have to carry out a bone graft. The graft can either be artificial or a small portion of the patient’s own bone will be taken from another part of their body and moved to the implant site.
In some cases, the implant will be exposed through the gum tissue once it has healed. The abutment (the screw that connects the implant to the crown) is then inserted into the implant, and the gum tissue is closed back around it.
After a few months, the implant and jawbone will have bonded and fused together through a process known as osseointegration. This ensures that the implant is stable and secure. The crown is then placed on top of the abutment to complete the tooth implant.
Once the crown is in place, it is essential to maintain proper home care and visit your dentist for regular exams and cleanings. If a patient doesn’t follow these guidelines, they might risk losing the crown or developing infection that could end up compromising the health and success of their implant. The best thing to do is call your dentist immediately if they notice any unusual pain or feel something that’s not quite right in their mouth as this could indicate an infection that needs to be treated. If you’re interested in learning more about tooth implant and the benefits they can offer, contact us today!