Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone to act as anchors for artificial teeth. Dental implant surgery is a safe and effective way to replace missing teeth and provide support for dentures.
There are three main components to a dental implant: the titanium post, the abutment, and the dental prosthesis (artificial tooth). The titanium post acts as a root for the artificial tooth and is placed directly into the jawbone. The abutment is a small connector piece that attaches the titanium post to the artificial tooth. The dental prosthesis is the artificial tooth itself, which can be made from porcelain, ceramic, or composite material.
The Implant Post
These are artificial teeth roots that are typically made of titanium. This is the strongest metal on the planet and it can withstand the bite forces created when chewing. Dental implants can also be made from other materials like zirconia.
The installation of an implant post requires minor oral surgery, so patients need to have good overall health. Health conditions like immune system disorders and diabetes can make it harder to recover after the installation of an implant. Additionally, habits like smoking or drinking regularly can make individuals ineligible for the procedure.
Dental implants are surgically inserted into the jaw, which means the patient needs to have adequate amounts of bone tissues in their jaw to hold the restoration. Bone grafts can be used to thicken the jawbone tissues of those who lack the needed bone tissues.
Abutments are used to attach restorations like crowns to dental implants. Implants are usually fitted with a protective cap after their installation. The patient then waits for osseointegration to take place over the next three to six months. This allows the implant to heal undisturbed while maintaining the form it needs to hold a crown. Once the dental implant is fused with bone tissues around it, the healing cap is removed and an abutment is attached to the dental implant.
Once an abutment has been attached to the dental implant, the general dentist will design the patient’s artificial tooth. An impression of the area is sent to a lab that makes crowns for implants. The process takes about two weeks, depending on the number of dental crowns and the complexity of the tooth being replaced. The dentist then attaches the crown to the abutment, completing the treatment. Other dental implant restoration like a dental bridge and dentures can also be attached to dental implants depending on the patient’s needs.
Dental implant surgery is a relatively simple tooth replacement procedure that can be performed in a single visit to the dentist. First, the titanium post is placed into the jawbone. Next, the abutment is attached to the post. Finally, the artificial tooth is placed onto the abutment. Dental implant surgery does not require any special care after the procedure, and normal oral hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing can be continued. Dental implants are a safe and effective way to restore your smile.