Dental implants offer a natural looking replacement for adult teeth. In addition, implants restore functionality to the jaw, making speaking, eating and chewing easier. Most implants are comprised of a screw that is embedded into the bone, and a post, to which the prosthesis is attached.
Dental implants are unique because the microsurface of the cone-shaped screw contains an innovative bone-bonding component. This means that implants can be placed in areas with low bone density, sparing the patient the mess and misery of wearing poorly fitting dentures. Additionally, the bone-bonding component means quicker recovery time after the implant is placed.
Why should I choose dental implants?
Dental implants are great! They can be used to replace a single missing tooth or several missing teeth. They can also be used to support and help hold in place dentures.
Here are some of the other benefits associated with implants:
Better oral health.
Higher success rate.
No adhesives or mess.
Prevention of bone loss and gum recession.
Sturdy, functional prosthetic teeth.
How are dental implants placed?
Honestly you probably don't want to know. The short version is that we will refer you to a specialist who will place them, we will also use the 3D radiograph to provide information on where to place the implants
The procedure is usually performed in two short visits, the first visit being typically an hour in length and the second taking around thirty minutes.
After the dentist has analyzed the X-rays and diagnostic results, the implant can be inserted. This procedure will be performed under local anesthetic, unless another type of sedation is preferred.
Here is a step-by-step process for the first stage of a dental implant placement:
An incision will be made in the gum tissue to expose the jawbone.
A tiny hole will be drilled into the jawbone to insert the implant into.
The implant will be screwed or tapped into the designated position.
A small temporary stop-cap is placed to cover the implant, and the surgical site is sutured closed.
After approximately 10 days, the sutures will be removed and the dentist will assess the healing process.
The second treatment phase can be completed around 6 -12 weeks after the first.
Here is a brief overview of can be expected at the second appointment:
A local anesthetic will be administered, and a tiny incision will be made to expose the top of the implant. The temporary stop-cap will be removed and a small healing abutment will be attached to the implant. You will now see a dis of metal in your mouth but it's only temporary.
When the healing process is complete, the new dental prosthesis (usually a crown) will be created using the Cerec machine at our office. A tiny screw will be used to secure the prosthesis onto the abutment.
Any questions about dental implants, please ask your anyone in our office..