The purpose of dental implants is to imitate a real tooth. By securing a titanium post into or above the jaw bone, a dentist then places a false tooth on top of the implant to imitate a real tooth. A dental implant has two parts: a small titanium implant and a post. The latter is what will resemble the tooth upon completion of the procedure.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants can restore a smile and make it complete again. Implants also assist with chewing and reduce the possibility of gum decay.
Patients Needing Dental Implants
Patients that need dental implants usually are missing a tooth or will need to have one extracted. Once the dentist offers a dental implant as a treatment option, there are several factors that are considered. The first factor has to do with the condition of the jawbone and periodontal health. A dental implant will be screwed either into the jaw bone or fastened to the gum area, so the health and integrity of these areas is vital. A periodontist can check these areas and decide whether or not a potential patient’s bone structure and gums can handle dental implants.
The entire dental implant procedure can takes four months. The process depends on the health of the jawbone, number of teeth being replaced, and location of the implant. The first step for a single tooth implant is to surgically place the small titanium implant into the jawbone. The patient is then released to allow for healing. During the healing process, the gum and bone area will go through a process called osseointegration, in which the bone fuses around the implant. This makes the foundation of the implant strong and allows for the following step.
The next step is for the dentist to attach a post to the implant. The post will be the base for the new tooth or set of teeth. The post will be tightly fastened to the titanium implant on the second visit.
The final step is for the dentist to create a mold of the replacement tooth or teeth. Once the dentist has created a prosthesis, they will attach it to the implant and post structure. By then, the procedure will be successfully completed.
Dental Implant Care
Dental implants are designed to resemble natural teeth. Care after a procedure and on into the future requires regular brushing and flossing.