Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth that are usually made of titanium. They are an excellent substitute for missing teeth and also serve as fixed supports for removable dentures. Modern dental implants look very natural and can help restore your smile.
Common reasons why dental implants are done:
The procedure for getting dental implants requires several visits over the span of a few months. During the first visit, X-rays are taken and molds of the jaw and teeth are taken so that the dentist can determine how best to approach the procedure. If your jawbone isn’t thick enough, you may need a bone graft to make sure that there’s a strong enough foundation for the implant. Your dentist then makes an incision in your gum to expose the bone. Holes will be drilled into the bone to accept the metal post of the dental implant, which is implanted deep into the bone. A temporary denture is often placed in the gap where the tooth was. Several weeks of healing are required so that the jawbone can grow into and unite with the surface of the dental implant. This process is called osseointegration, and provides a solid base for your new artificial tooth. In some cases, the abutment, which is the piece that the crown attaches to, is attached when the implant is done. Some people don’t like what it looks like, though, and elect to wait to have it done. During the procedure, your oral surgeon will make an incision in your gum to expose the dental implant and attach the abutment to it. Your gum tissue is then closed around the abutment, leaving a portion of it exposed so that the crown can be attached. The gums should heal for around two weeks before the artificial tooth is attached. Once they heal, additional impressions of your mouth and remaining teeth are made, to make the crown. You can also choose two be fitted with removable artificial teeth instead of a crown, which is fixed in place.