Dental Implant is a metal rod made of titanium. The reason titanium is chosen is because it was the metal that is accepted by our body. this has been confirmed after several researches. what is the difference between a denture, bridge and an implant? a dental denture is when the fake tooth/teeth is fixed on a frame and a bridge is when the fake tooth is attached to the both of the adjacent teeth. then why is dental implant recommended? the reason you see many recommendation for implants and also it is expensive compared to a bridge or denture is the implant is similar to the root of a natural tooth. which means unlike dentures or bridges they give the strength to the crown/fake tooth to be as a natural tooth. the implant is integrated on your jaw bone after the placement of implant it needs a post to attach the fake tooth which is called the abutment. the abutment goes on top of the implant and the crown goes on top of the abutment which makes a perfect dental implant.
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, 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 dentist 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 dentist’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 majority of the dental implants can finish without any problems and look 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 videos of dental implants to get a feel of how it will be.
Dental Implant – Video