An implant is a titanium-based screw that is surgically placed in the jawbone. This screw acts as a new artificial tooth root and a dental crown or prosthesis is placed on the screw, so that it is aimed to restore the function and aesthetics of the missing tooth. The implant can be made for a single tooth, multiple teeth or a full set of teeth.
Implants consist of three separate parts: the post, the abutment and the crown. The post is essentially a titanium screw that is surgically inserted into the jawbone, and acts as the new artificial tooth root that supports the crown and abutment. The abutment is a small peg-like support structure that connects the post with the crown. Finally, the dental crown is the actual tooth-shaped portion of the implant that fills the space where tooth loss has occurred.
Who is suitable for dental implants?
Patients who have lost a tooth, several or all of their teeth and whose bone tissue is fully developed are suitable for dental implants. Before the treatment, whether the jaw structure is suitable for the implant is determined by x-rays. Those with uncontrolled diabetes, severe gingivitis and osteonecrosis of the jaw may not be a good candidate for implants.
Dental implant is a two-step process that takes time to complete. The first step is surgery to place the dental implant (post), surgeon makes a cut to open gum and expose the bone. Holes are drilled into the bone where the dental implant metal post will be placed. Since the post will serve as the tooth root, it’s implanted deep into the bone. After the surgery, patient will go back to home with temporary teeth for 3 to 6 months healing period. During this period, the jawbone grows into and unites with the surface of the dental implant. Once patient is healed completely he/she will need to come back to clinic for the second step of the treatment, which consists of placing the abutment and crown.
Implant treatment requires two visits to be complete and to stay for 5-7 days in each visit.
The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia and patient not feel any pain during the procedure. However, there may be some pain and swelling after the procedure.
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