The dental implant is a surgical fixture that is placed into the jawbone and allowed to fuse with the bone over the span of a few months. It acts as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. Once these implants are in place, they allow the dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them. They are the strongest devices available to support replacement teeth and even better, allow these new teeth to feel, look and function naturally.
The dental implant can either be used to replace a single tooth or all of the teeth. The goal of implants is to restore function and aesthetics. As implants fuse your jawbone, they provide stable support for artificial teeth. It is suitable for people who have sore spots, poor ridges or gagging. For them, ordinary bridges and dentures are not comfortable and in some cases, not even possible.
In implants, no adjacent teeth need to be prepared to hold the new replacement in place. But you must have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. For the long-term success of the dental implants, meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental visits are critical. A dental surgeon examines the area where the implant is to be placed and makes a clinical assessment of whether the patient is a good candidate for a dental implant or not.
In this procedure, the surgeon will make a cut to open your gum and expose the bone. Holes are drilled into the bone where the dental implant metal post will be placed. It will be implanted deep into the bone as it will serve as the root tooth. After the metal post is placed in your jawbone, osseointegration will take place. The jawbone grows into and unites with the surface of the dental implant.
This process takes several months and helps provide a solid base for your new artificial tooth. Your gums must heal before the artificial tooth can be attached. Once the gums heal, you will have more impressions made of your mouth and remaining teeth. These impressions as used to make the crown. It can’t be placed until your jawbone is strong enough to support the use of new tooth. After the procedure is done, you need to eat soft foods.