Dental implant procedure involves implantation of a titanium root device into the jawbone, to support restorations of a tooth or group of teeth. Dental implants look and act similarly to a natural tooth root. When the surgery is done, and when the implant completely heals to the bone and the jaw accepts it, the dental implant may look and feel like a natural tooth, especially if it is used to hold single restorations, such as bridges and crowns. Dental implant surgery is therefore, a nice and effective way to overcome aesthetical and health problems associated with damaged or missing teeth.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial root replacements made of titanium. The implants are shaped like a screw, produced slowly and carefully using the state of the art technology. Titanium is always used for dental implants since this material does not make any adverse effects on the body. Titanium biologically bonds to the bone staying permanently bonded to the bone, once when the wound heals and the bone grows around the implant.
Dental implant procedure
The entire process of getting implants involves two main stages. There has to be at least three months of healing time between these different phases. The first phase is a dental implant surgery, and it involves placing the dental implants into the jawbone. The procedure is one under the local anesthesia, which is administered right into the jaw area. Dentist will cut incisions on the soft tissue of the gums to get the access to the jawbone. The bone is slowly drilled in a couple of stages, widening the space in which the titanium screw will have to fit. When the hole is wide enough, the dentist inserts the implant and screws it down using the dental motor. When the implant is placed, the flap is stitched up, and the patient is sent home.
Implant restoration is the second phase of dental implant procedure when a crown is built on top of the dental implant. In three months following the surgery, the tissue will completely recover, and the area will be ready for restoration. Restoration is actually a process in which a dentist creates an artificial tooth and connects it to the dental implant. Dentist punctures a hole in the gum tissue, just above the dental implant and screws a metal cylinder on top of the implant. The dentist now takes the measurements of the teeth and sends them to the laboratory to build restorations. A temporary implant tooth is placed instead of the final tooth, and it will be removed as soon as the final restored implant tooth is read.