Having missing teeth replaced is important to good oral health. A dental implant may be required to support a tooth replacement by your dentist. Our Ontario dentists describe the dental implant procedure in this blog post.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that your dentist surgically inserts into your jaw bone to support a tooth replacement, such as a dental crown, bridge, or dentures. A dental implant and a tooth replacement work together to mimic the appearance and function of a natural tooth.
A dental implant is made up of two parts: a titanium rod that is inserted into the jaw bone and serves as the tooth's root, and an abutment that attaches to the rod and holds the implant in place.
As a first step, your dentist will most likely conduct a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums. Complete medical history, physical exam, X-rays, impressions of the teeth, and potentially a CT scan will usually all be performed as part of the assessment.
Upon completion of a thorough examination, your dentist will most likely be able to determine whether dental implants are the most appropriate treatment option for your specific situation and requirements.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Even though it is sometimes possible to place dental implants on the same day that teeth are extracted, it is usually necessary to wait three to six months for the healing process to be completed before the implants can be placed.
Your dentist will begin the implant procedure by surgically inserting a titanium rod into your jaw bone beneath the gum tissue, which will strengthen the bone. They will then sew the gum tissue back into its original position. As the tissue heals, the implant will form a bond with the bone and attach to the gum tissue. A number of months may lapse before the healing process has been completed.
As soon as your gum tissue has healed, your dentist will attach the abutment to the rod. A tooth replacement will then be attached to the abutment at the end of the procedure. It will be possible to achieve a result that is nearly identical in appearance and function to a natural tooth through this procedure.
Healing time following the surgical placement of a dental implant can take several months, and in some cases, up to six months. A typical tooth replacement procedure takes no more than two months, including the fitting and adjustment. If bone grafting is required, an additional period of time may be required. As a result of the differences in bone quality and healing between patients, the length of treatment will differ.
Why use a dental implant?
If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants can help you with a variety of problems while also protecting your oral health. Dental implants and tooth replacements can be used to prevent the shifting of surrounding teeth, and they can also be used to help with chewing, speech and digestion by improving the function of the teeth.