For many reasons, one of most popular developments in dentistry are dental implants. When teeth are removed or missing, implants offer patients new restorative teeth. Without a bridge or denture, an implant is a great opportunity for a patient to get normal tooth function returned.
The Benefits of Implants include:
· Osseointegration. Namely, the implant will bond to the existing bone.
· Your teeth will be supported with both firmness and safety.
· An aesthetically pleasing appearance.
· No more pain during eating or talking.
· Prevention of progressive bone atrophy.
· Proven scientific basis.
Dental Implant Procedure
The root and the crown are the two main sections of the tooth structure. The root is below the gumline. The implant is the restorative for the root. Anchored to the jawbone is the metal implant. First, the implant is surgically placed. With standard anasthetic, after the tissue is opened, the dentist places the implant. The tissue is then closed with sutures. This procedure does not cause major discomfort, and usuallly takes from one to three hours depending on the number of implants.
For three to six months, the implant can be left untreated. Osseointegration, where the bone grows around the implant, will take place during this period. To preserve cosmetic appearance, as well as to allow for chewing, it’s possible to use a removable crown.
Next, an abutment is attached to the tooth. The top of the implant is exposed and the abutment is placed on it. This final structure will support the final crown.
After an impression of the implant is done, the final restoration is finally completed. Aesthetically pleasing, this restoration will also be comfortable. You will be able to resume your normal activities with this fully functional implant.
The advantages of implant supported dentures are numerous. Implants can provide stability and retention to loose or ill fitting dentures. In addition, patients report improved chewing and satisfaction with the implants when placement is completed.
Using a local anesthetic, implants are placed and the dentures are fitted to the implants at the same time. There is no need for a patient to be without their dentures.