WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Permanent solution for tooth loss
Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures.
1. A thorough examination The first step of dental implant therapy is a discussion with your dentist, followed by a thorough dental examination. The jaw is X-rayed to check the condition of the bone tissue and to determine the placement of the dental implant. An impression is made of the jaw and existing teeth, forming an important platform for the treatment planning.
2. Inserting the dental implant There are two options for dental implant placement, depending on your clinical situation. In a one-step procedure, the dental implant is placed and then a temporary abutment is attached. In a two-step procedure, the dental implant is inserted and then covered by the gum, and left to heal. The abutment is attached at a later date (see next side). In both cases, a temporary crown is put in place, followed by a maximum healing period of three months for the lower jaw, and six months for the upper jaw. In some cases, the dental implant can be loaded immediately. However, this depends on your bone condition.
3. Attaching the abutment In a one-step treatment, the temporary abutment is replaced by a permanent one after the dental implant has bonded with the bone tissue. The second part of a two-step procedure involves making a minor incision to open the gum and put the abutment in place. When the abutment is in place, a new impression is made.
4. Fitting and re-examination When the crown is ready, your dentist simply attaches it to the dental implant. This is usually followed by a few follow-up visits to check functionality and esthetics. That's all there is to it, and it is virtually impossible to see the difference between the existing teeth and the new tooth.