Dental Implants and How They Work

Dental Implants and How They Work

Today, dental implants are a first-choice restorative tool for replacing a missing tooth or teeth. They offer an aesthetic and predictable long-term solution for many patients. A dental implant refers to an artificial tooth root made of a biocompatible titanium alloy.

The titanium alloy is used since it cannot decay. Many countries worldwide use dental implants to facilitate dental rehabilitation. They feel more natural than dentures and other dental restoration solutions.

How Dental Implants Work

Dental implants connect to your bone via a process known as Osseointegration. Osseointegration is the process by which your bone cells move into the threading along the implant’s length and its micromechanical structure. The implant, made of titanium alloy, is inserted in a channel created in your jaw.

Dentists use precision instruments that control speed, heat, and other variables that may affect a successful outcome to create this channel. The Dentists then secures a post, also known as an abutment, inside the implant. A replacement crown is attached on top of this post.

Once Osseointegration is complete, a unique biophysical connection is formed that locks the implant into your jawbone. Bone is similar to muscle in that lack of use (to keep your teeth in place) results in it wasting away. Dental implants also serve to restore the functionality of the bone.

The healing process of the implants will vary depending on the health of the bone and the location. It may be as little as six weeks or as much as four months. Dentists will place some form of aesthetic temporization on the visible areas.

The Implant Placement Experience

The procedure is typically divided into two or three stages that may involve several dental visits.

Pre-Operative Assessment

Before dentists can place dental implants, impressions, and X-rays of your mouth are needed. These allow the dentists to design the best treatment plan. Several visits to the clinic may be necessary.

Stage One Treatment

Implant placement is the next stage of treatment. The dentist will inform you if you need minor grafting, which is done under local anesthetic. The dentists lift your gum from the underlying bone and then carefully drill into the jaw bone. They insert the dental implant into the bone, replace your gum, and hold it together with stitches.

The stitches will be removed a week later. Some types of implants may stick out, while others will be buried under the gum. The implants can support replacement teeth after about three months.

Restorative Treatment

Several appointments are necessary to make your crowns, denture, or bridges. These appointments include checking the fit of parts and taking impressions.

At Doctor Wisdom, your dental implant treatment is carried out by well-trained, qualified, and experienced dentists who are specialists. We take all measures and precautions to ensure a successful and long-lasting dental implant.