Implant Dentistry


Overview of Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are tooth roots that are replaced. Fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are created to match your natural teeth are supported by implants.

What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

  • Better appearance. Dental implants have the appearance and feel of natural teeth. They are also permanent since they are engineered to merge with bone.
  • Improved speech. The teeth of ill-fitting dentures might slip around in the mouth, causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak freely without fear of your teeth slipping.
  • Comfort. Implants minimize the discomfort of removable dentures since they become a part of you.
  • Easier to eat. Chewing can be challenging with sliding dentures. Dental implants mimic your natural teeth, allowing you to consume your favorite foods with confidence and pain-free.
  • Oral health. A tooth-supported bridge requires the reduction of additional teeth, whereas dental implants do not. Because the neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your natural teeth are preserved, resulting in better long-term oral health. Individual implants also improve dental hygiene by allowing simpler access between teeth.
  • Durability. Implants are extremely long-lasting and will last for many years. Many implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
    Convenience. Removable dentures are exactly what they sound like. Dental implants do away with the embarrassment of removing dentures and the necessity for sticky adhesives to keep them in place.

The Dental Implant Surgical Procedure

Dental implants are placed in 30 to 60 minutes for single implants and 2 to 3 hours for numerous implants. The number of appointments and the amount of time necessary vary by patient. The surgeon will pay close attention to the smallest nuances of your situation.

Antibiotics may be administered prior to surgery for your comfort. These alternatives will be discussed with you during your consultation. The area where the dental implant will be placed will be numbed with a local anesthetic.

The surgeon makes a small incision in the gum tissue to show the bone, creates space with special devices, and gently implants the titanium implant after you are comfortable. This implant's top is frequently visible through the gum. It is sometimes preferable to have the implant covered by the gum tissue during the early phases of recovery.

Healing after Dental Implant Surgery

The healing process now begins. Depending on the quality and quantity of bone, the length of time varies from person to person. Implants can sometimes be repaired right after they are inserted. Follow-up treatment and scheduling will be discussed with the surgeon. During a brief follow-up appointment after the initial healing phase, the surgeon attaches an abutment (support post) or a healing cap to the dental implant. This permits the gum tissue to grow and the implant can be accessed.

Sometimes impressions are taken as the implant is being put. When the implants have healed, the crown can be prepared. A number of factors influence how long your mouth takes to recover. Follow-up sessions (one to four) are normally required to confirm that your mouth is healing properly and to determine whether you are ready to move on to the restorative part of your treatment.

A soft tissue graft may be necessary to obtain thicker, more easily cleaned, and natural-looking gum tissue in the area surrounding the implant. A small amount of gum tissue is moved from one portion of your mouth to the area around the implant during this procedure. Most of the time, it's a quick and painless treatment.

Your dentist will complete the restoration by attaching the replacement tooth (crown) to the dental implant, whether it is one tooth or all of your teeth.

When are dental implants placed?

Implants are frequently put months after the extraction. An implant may be placed shortly after a tooth extraction in some cases. This has a higher risk, but it streamlines the process by eliminating the need for a second session to install the implant. When there is an infection or other bone issues, immediate implant implantation is not the best option.

When a tooth is absent for an extended period of time, the adjacent support bone thins and shrinks. This happens because the natural tooth's root must be present to stimulate the bone. In the year following tooth extraction, up to a third of the thickness of your jaw can be lost. You may benefit from having more bone grafted into the area if you are missing enough bone. When the implant is implanted in the jaw, it will be adequately supported.

How many implants do I need?

Typically, one implant is put for each lost tooth. The most typical option is to replace missing back teeth with bigger implants because many of the larger teeth in the back of your jaws have two or three roots.

Bone Grafting

If you are a dental patient considering dental implants, keep in mind that being advised during a consultation that bone grafting for dental implants surgery may be necessary is pretty common. It's also natural to be nervous. After all, bone grafting sounds intimidating.

Fortunately, you do not need to be concerned about this operation. It is a pain-free and predictable dental routine.

Do I Need Bone Grafting?

Before a dental implant can be placed, anyone who has lost a tooth may require a bone graft. This is true even if you come in the day after you lose a tooth to request a dental implant. It's possible that the socket is diseased, or that the missing tooth is too little to support an early replacement.

Of course, the majority of people do not seek an implant the same day they lose a tooth. The motive is sometimes pecuniary. It's sometimes a matter of logistics. Every day that a tooth is absent, bone loss happens.


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