Dental Implants are the latest appliances for tooth replacement. It is a far superior alternative to bridges and dentures. Unlike traditional replacement procedures, a dental implant requires surgery, but the benefits far outweigh the other procedures. A dental implant is a very practical solution to restore your smile caused due to the loss of teeth.
Implants comprise three major parts. The implant comprises a titanium screw that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. A few months of healing period is allowed for the titanium screw to fuse with the jawbones. This fusion turns the rod into stable support, acting as the root for the replacement tooth. The abutment is a connector piece and is fixed on top of the implant. It connects the titanium screw to the final component, which is the crown.
What are the merits of Dental Implants?
- Dental implants are permanent fixtures, unlike dentures. They are strong and stable and can last the entire lifespan of a patient.
- They can be brushed and flossed like natural teeth. It doesn’t require any extra care aside from regular maintenance.
- The artificial t teeth are supported by the implants rather than your gums. As a result, they are very comfortable.
- They offer great stability and will not shift out of place. They are securely anchored to the jawbones.
- The implants keep the integrity of the jawbone intact. There is no worry about bone loss or the face changing shape.
- A naturally beautiful smile is restored.
What are the steps involved in Dental Implants?
During the consultation stage, the dental surgeon will examine the area requiring the implant and take x-rays and scans. An estimation of the quality and quantity of the jawbone is done to establish that it can support an implant. The first stage will require a bone graft that is placed on top of the existing jawbone. This will ensure more bone available to support the implant. Once the adequate bone is present, a titanium post is surgically placed into the bone with a special drill and tools. The gum is stitched after covering the implant with a healing cap, and the healing phase begins. During this healing phase, an interim denture can be fixed for aesthetic purposes. This healing can take anywhere from two to six months, depending on the quality of bone present. During this period, the implant becomes fused with the jawbones, and at the same time, no force or stress should be applied to the implants while it heals. After the healing period, the dental implant is checked if it has fused properly with the jawbone. Once this has been established, a prosthetic component is connected by a screw. This component is called an abutment, and it will hold the replacement tooth or crown. The dentist will take an impression of this abutment to have the implant crown custom-made to fit. The crown is cemented to the abutment.
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