Dental Implants

Dental Implants

 

Dental implants are a popular and effective long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. They are designed to function and look like natural teeth. Here’s some information about dental implants:

Implant Structure: Dental implants consist of three main parts

  • Implant Fixture: This is a small titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. It serves as the root of the artificial tooth.
  • Abutment: The abutment is a connector piece that is attached to the implant fixture. It protrudes above the gumline and acts as a support for the dental restoration.
  • Dental Restoration: The restoration, usually a dental crown, is custom-made to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth. It is attached to the abutment and provides the visible, functional part of the implant.

Implant Placement Process:

  • Initial Assessment: Your dentist or oral surgeon will evaluate your oral health, including the condition of your jawbone and the surrounding tissues, through a comprehensive examination, X-rays, and possibly a CT scan.
  • Implant Placement: The implant fixture is surgically placed into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. After placement, the implant needs time to integrate with the bone in a process called osseointegration, which typically takes a few months.
  • Abutment Placement: Once osseointegration is complete, a second minor surgery may be required to attach the abutment to the implant fixture. This step allows the gum tissue to heal and form properly around the abutment.
  • Restoration Placement: After the gums have healed, the dental restoration (crown) is fabricated and attached to the abutment, completing the implant process.

Benefits of Dental Implants:

  • Natural appearance: Implants closely mimic the look and feel of natural teeth, providing a natural and aesthetically pleasing smile.
  • Improved functionality: Implants function like natural teeth, allowing for normal eating, speaking, and chewing.
  • Longevity: With proper care, dental implants can last for many years, providing a durable and reliable tooth replacement option.
  • Preservation of jawbone and facial structure: Implants help prevent bone loss in the jaw, preserving the facial structure and preventing the sunken appearance that can occur with missing teeth.