A dental implant helps in improving your oral health. In this process an implant is surgically placed in an opening in the jawbone.
A person may need an implant for a number of reasons including:
- Tooth Injury
- Tooth decay
- Gum diseases
- Congenital defects
- Root canal failure
How It Works:
The process consists of:
-The Implant- It is usually made of titanium and is placed in the upper or lower jawbone.
-The Abutment- It can be made of titanium, gold or porcelain and is attached to the implant with a screw. The abutment and connects the implant to the crown.
-The crown- This part looks like the tooth and is made of metal, porcelain or porcelain fused to a metal alloy. The crown is either screwed or cemented on the abutment.
The dental implant procedure consists of the following steps:
-Consultation- The first step involves detailed discussion with the dentist followed by a dental examination. The condition of the bone tissue is checked by doing an X-Ray of the jaw. Patients with strong bone density are considered good candidates of this procedure as it allows good support for the implant.
-Implant Placement- In the next step, the implant is attached to the jawbone. The surgeon places either a temporary cover screw or healing cap in place. It helps in keeping the implant clean till the abutment is attached.
-Dental Crown Placement- This step is called implant restoration. When the titanium implant permanently fuses into the jaw bone, a dental crown is fixed to the top of the implant.
After the implant, you will have to make a few follow-up visits to the specialist to check its functionality.
There are several advantages to dental implants, including:
-Convenience- Dental implants are convenient and pain-free. Traditional process used to take 6 to 18 months to completely heal. The new technique not only takes less time but also offers a lot of convenience.
-Durable- Implants are very durable and with proper care they will last many years.
-Good Oral health- This process improves your overall oral health as no nearby teeth is altered to support the implant.
-Improved comfort and self-esteem- Dental implants are permanent and comfortable. They save you from the embarrassment which comes with a broken or damaged tooth.
Dental implants can be used to replace one or two missing teeth or an entire set of upper or lower teeth.