Dental implants are prosthetic teeth used to replace missing natural ones. They are made from titanium and dental-grade ceramic - two materials that exhibit excellent strength and durability. Implants are set in the jawbone with the help of a metal implant stud, which gives them the necessary stability.
Drawbacks of missing teeth
- When a tooth is extracted, it leaves quite a displeasing appearance on the smile. Patients often tend to feel too embarrassed to smile with a missing tooth.
- The teeth next to the extracted tooth tend to move towards the gap. This can lead to misalignment of the teeth, and with time, it can even lead to a change in jawbone shape.
- Once a tooth is extracted, the underlying jawbone tends to shrink and deteriorate. It can significantly affect jawbone health and lead to further tooth loss.
- Biting and chewing food would seem more difficult with a missing tooth. Also, the teeth adjoining the gap would experience severe stress due to this.
Why should you choose implants?
- Implants offer amazing aesthetic properties. They can be personalized as required to match the appearance of the natural teeth.
- Implants are long-lasting. In most instances, dental implants have lasted upwards of 15 years with little or no trouble.
- Implant surgery has a high success rate. The dentist will thoroughly screen the mouth to check for factors affecting the candidacy for implants, and only when they are satisfied, we will go ahead with the surgery.
- Dental implants promote better jawbone health. The implant stud has grooves on its surface that do a great job of holding the bone intact.
- Dental implants are highly stable. They wouldn’t get displaced or loosen from the socket.
How are dental implants placed?
The dentist will conduct a thorough initial diagnosis of the mouth and look into various factors that determine your candidacy for implants. X-rays and scans of the mouth would be taken to get a better view of the underlying jawbone and tooth roots. The data from the scans will be used to fabricate the ceramic tooth crown in a dental laboratory.
During the implantation surgery, the dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the tissues of the mouth. A hole will be created in the jawbone, and the implant stud will be placed in it. The dentist will suggest a healing period for a few months, which allows the bone to fuse with the implant, thus giving it the necessary strength and stability. Once the healing period is completed, we will schedule the next consultation to place the crown.
During this surgery, we will place a connecting element called the abutment on the implant. The crown will be placed on the abutment and checked for fit. Once its contour is confirmed, we will permanently bond the crown to the abutment using dental adhesives. A bite test will be taken, and the ceramic crown would be polished to enhance its appearance.
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