What Is A Dental Implant?
A Dental Implant is a metal rod that is made from titanium. The dental implant is permanently fixed in place by cutting through the gum and screwing it into the jaw bone. Many metals have been tried but titanium proved to be the best choice to use due it generally being able to overcome the human bodies natural defense mechanism which reject the introduction of many foreign materials. This was confirmed after numerous research tests which trialled many different materials.
What is the difference between a denture, bridge and an implant?
- A dental denture is when an artificial tooth or teeth are fixed on a frame.
- A bridge is when the artificial tooth is attached to both of the adjacent teeth.
- A dental implant is attached by screwing the titanium rod through the jaw bone
WHY ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS RECOMMENDED INSTEAD OF A DENTURE OR BRIDGE?
The reason you see many recommendation for dental implants is that this type of surgery is the closest we can achieve for someone to regain the feel, strength of natural teeth. Unlike dentures or bridges they give additional strength & support to the artificial tooth due to the way the dental surgeon has attached it to the jaw bone. The implant is integrated into your jaw bone through the titanium screw which is attached to the artificial tooth which is called an abutment. The abutment goes on top of the implant and the crown goes on top of the abutment which makes a perfect dental implant.
Why Do Dental Implants Cost So Much More Than Dentures Or Bridge Work?
Dental Implant costs are considerably higher due to the technical processes involved in the operation compared to bridging or denture work. The surgeons who undertake this very specialised area are highly trained to perform this technical and very delicate work. Although the end results may look similar between the 2 the actual differences are vastly different. As dental implants are very similar in strength to your natural teeth what you can eat with confidence & comfort will far outweigh end results of bridging or denture work. For specific information on DENTAL IMPLANT COSTS click here.
Dental Implant Procedure
Before the Dental Implant Surgery?
You should consult a dental implant surgeon, the surgeon will ask you several questions to know your past medical conditions and the strength of your gum to check if it needs bone grafting and if you had any previous dentures or . Read dental implants cost to know more about what you should ask from your clinic or surgeon.
Before beginning any surgery, the dimensions and condition of your teeth must be analysed. Dentists will use a combination of highly detailed scans, including panoramic X-rays and 3D CT scans, to check for any disease or decay. They’ll also ensure your jaw bone is in alignment and in good enough condition to hold an implant. If it isn’t, then you may have to undergo bone grafting, where a section of bone is inserted into the jaw, to be drilled into. These scans are an integral feature of computer aided implant installation, and ensure your mouth is in optimum condition for a long-lasting implant.
You should also consider which type of anaesthesia you want. Local anaesthesia is normally used which means you will not feel any pain during the surgery but you are conscious. General anaesthesia is for your whole body which means you be at sleep until the surgery is finished.
During the surgery
During the initial surgery, you will be placed under anaesthetic and have a small hole drilled into your jaw bone. A titanium implant will be inserted just below the surface of the gum tissue. Over the next four months, the bone will fuse around the implant through the process of osseointegration.
The next surgery is completed under local anaesthetic, where your dental surgeon will use a retaining screw to attach an abutment connector to the implant. This connects the implant to the crown, keeping it in place for years to come.
A prosthetic crown must then be formed from impressions of your current teeth. This ensures that your new tooth will be of suitable dimensions for a natural look and a comfortable fit. The crown can then be attached, leaving you with a glowing smile and strong teeth.
After the surgery
Soon after the anaesthetic wears off you will start feeling your mouth area and you might have some pain. You might need to take some pain killers and not use any hard foods. However, by sticking to your surgeon’s after-care recommendations you’ll be showing off your new smile in no time.
Before and After Implants
There may some complications depending on your exact situation, although the majority of the dental implants are completed with very few problems. They look and feem similar to natural teeth but in some cases it may not be straight as the implant needs to be placed where there is enough bone.
Watch the following videos of dental implants to give you a better understanding of what is involved with dental implant surgery.
Dental Implant – Video