If you’re considering dental implants, there are a lot of options available. You should know that some dental implants are better than others. Here are a few things you should know.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants take the place of missing teeth. These replacements are comprised of three parts:
- Crown: The tooth-like part of the implant, usually made of ceramic material, designed to look like a natural tooth.
- Connector: Sometimes called an “abutment,” the connector is used to secure the tooth-like crown of the implant to its base and is often hexagonal or octagonal in shape.
- Base: A titanium screw that fuses with a natural bone to provide a safe, stable base.
What does the implant process involve?
The dental implant process requires oral surgery and is usually performed while the patient is sedated.
During surgery, the dentist will drill a small hole in the jawbone and carefully screw the base into the bone. The gum is then placed over the implant so that it can heal.
After the base of the implant has healed enough, a second surgery is needed to fit the connector into the top of the implant. Finally, the crown is placed on top of the connector. This crown is attached to the connector with a special dental cement and a small screw.
What is the difference between implant materials?
There are major differences between implant materials, and while you don’t need to research the make, model, and material of dental implants (as you would when purchasing a car), you should have full confidence in your periodontist. At minimum, ensure that they are board-certified and are well-versed in the implant material options available.
There are more than 60 FDA-approved manufacturers of dental implant materials, including implant bases, connectors, and crowns. These dental implant systems vary in sophistication, quality, and reliability.
If you’re considering getting dental implants, be sure your periodontist works with manufacturers that have great track records, and that they have invested the time and research into the products they use to deliver the highest quality care possible.
Dental Implant Procedure
Your dentist will suggest a dental implant if the damaged natural tooth is beyond repair, or missing. These can be either dentures or bridges. If this is your first time getting a dental implant, here is all you need to know about it.
The stages in dental implant procedure are:
Before the procedure begins, the dentist will take X-Rays of the affected tooth or teeth. This is an important process since the dentist the exact position of nerves in the jaw bone. The X-rays are the primary valuation your dentist will need.
2. Impressions for Your Dental Implant
Then the dentist will take the impression of the patient’s mouth. This will give the dentist an idea about the structure and location of all the teeth in the mouth. A plastic tray with a liquid such as an alginate or polyvinylsiloxane will be put in the patient’s mouth.
If there is a tooth that needs to be extracted, the dentist will do it at this point. Preparation for dental implant surgery may sometimes involve bone grafting. This happens when the jawbone is not strong enough to support an implant.
4. Fixing the Dental Implant
Then comes the implant. The dentist will drill a hole in the jawbone of the patient and place the screw-like implant there. Over a period of 3 to 12 months, your gum will gradually grow over the implant.
5. Abutment Placement
Over time, the dental implant and the jawbone will fuse. This process is osseointegration. This could take weeks or months.
6. Permanent Crown
Once the abutment is ready, the dentist can affix the crown. It looks exactly like your real teeth. This may be a fixed crown or a removable one or a combination of both. However, only your dentist can remove fixed crowns; while removable ones act similar to bridges. For more information Contact Us Now!