The missing tooth root is replaced with a metal rod or screw, which is called an implant. This screw is normally made out of titanium, but other materials like zirconium can be used. In addition, an implant is a permanent solution that looks and functions just like a real tooth. This means the patient is free to go about life without having to deal with keeping a dental prosthetic clean. With implants, brushing and flossing just as one would do with natural teeth is enough to maintain proper oral hygiene.
The type of dental implant placement performed by a dentist depends on the condition of the patient's jawbone and the prosthetic being placed on the implant. Implants provide solid support for dental prosthetics like crowns, bridges and dentures.
Why many choose dental implant placement
Being able to maintain healthy bone tissue is one of the main reasons people opt for implants. Other benefits include not having to worry about a specialized cleaning routine or the device constantly moving in the wearer's mouth.
Implants are typically reserved for those:
- Missing one or multiple teeth
- With healthy amounts of bone tissue
- Who would prefer not to bother with dentures
- Who are willing to stick with the process
What to expect during dental implant placement
The installation of implants is typically an outpatient procedure that requires multiple visits to the dentist.
The first stage involves an evaluation and the removal of any damaged tooth matter. The patient's jawbone is then prepared for the surgery. Bone grafting is sometimes performed during this stage. Once the patient's jawbone is ready, a metal rod or screw is surgically inserted in it. It typically takes three to six months for the implant to fuse with the patient's jawbone tissue.
Finally, a dental prosthetic like a crown is attached to the outward-facing end of the implant. The entire process can take up to six months.
While inserting the implant, it is sometimes necessary for the oral surgeon to cut open the person's gums in order to reach the jawbone. A hole is then drilled into the bone tissue, and the implant is installed deep inside it.
The process of the implant fusing with the patient's jawbone is called osseointegration. This helps create a solid foundation for the implant and any dental prosthetic placed on it. It also helps ensure the patient's jawbone gets adequately stimulated when the patient uses the artificial tooth.
Implants are generally fitted with crowns, but they can be used in conjunction with other devices like dentures and bridges. Crowns can be made from a wide range of materials like ceramics, porcelain, gold, silver or other metals.
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