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Dental Implants

Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root composed of titanium that helps replace the missing part of the tooth’s root. The surgical procedure carried out to insert the implant is quite minor and routine, requiring only local anesthesia in most cases. During the surgical procedure, your dental implant is placed under the gum in the space created by the missing tooth. It is then left to heal for a couple of months before the final crown is attached. During this healing period, the implant actually merges with the bone surrounding it. The implant is then capped with a custom-made crown to match your existing natural teeth. With the latest technology, implants can have a tooth or teeth placed simultaneously that the implant placement surgery is performed.

What is the procedure involved in Dental Implants?

  • Implant Site Preparation: The gum tissue is cut open to expose the bone area where the implant will be inserted. In some patients, bone grafting may be a suggested procedure where there is inadequate bone structure. Once a healthy bone has been established, a special drill is done to prepare the bone to accept the dental implant.
  • Fixing the Implant: After the bone has been sufficiently prepared, the implant is surgically placed, and the tissue is stitched. After a gap of seven to ten days, the sutures are removed. The healing process takes about three to six months. During this period of time, the implant becomes a part of the jawbone.
  • Attaching the Post: When the gum tissue is ready, a special post is attached to the implant in order to support the new porcelain crown.
  • Placing the Crown: After impressions are taken, a crown is fabricated and shaded to match your existing original teeth. The crown is then fitted over the titanium post and cemented. This final prosthetic crown appears as a natural tooth.

What are the types of Dental Implants?

  • Single Tooth Implants: When you have one tooth missing, alone dental implant is inserted into the bone to substitute the root part of that tooth; a crown then goes on top to mimic an actual tooth. This treatment plan is highly successful, making it the best long-term investment for replacing a single missing tooth. In the long run, it is very cost-effective. Additionally, an implant will never decay or require root canal treatment and feels just like a natural tooth.
  • Multiple Teeth Implants: When a patient has more than one tooth missing, dental implants provide a perfect replacement appliance. There is no need for one implant for every missing tooth. Instead, implant teeth can serve as supports for fixed bridgework. For example, if three teeth are missing in a row, two implants can be placed, one on both sides of the gap and a crown in between that has no implant beneath it. This reduces the need to use any of your remaining natural teeth as bridge supports, which could weaken them and make them more liable to decay.
  • Support Removable Denture: Dental Implants can even make removable dentures more comfortable, practical, and convenient to wear. Traditional dentures secured to the gums put pressure on the underlying bone. Dentures speed up bone loss, and as a result, the jaw shrinks, and the dentures slip, particularly on the bottom. But now, we can attach a removable denture onto implants, relocating that pressure to the bone structure instead of the bone surface. This stops the dentures from slipping while you eat and speak and preserves the bone directly beneath them.
  • Replace all Teeth: Dental Implants can provide support to a complete set of upper or lower replacement teeth that are secured into the mouth and are permanent. Sometimes the new teeth can be supported by as few as four implants.

Call us at Smile Loft Dental or schedule an online appointment to know more about Dental Implants.

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