Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
What are dental implants?
A healthy tooth usually has two parts, a root, and a crown. A careful comparison of the natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth will make it evident that they have the same essential parts. Both of them have a visible part known as the crown (used for chewing food) and a root that secures the tooth under the gum and provides nourishment for the teeth and support in the jaw. The distinction is that the implant material is often titanium – this is the material surgeons use for joint replacement as artificial joints. When someone loses a tooth, they lose both the root as well as the crown. Hence, when a surgeon wants to replace the tooth, they will first need to replace the root using a dental implant made of titanium.
The dental implant is fixed into the jaw bone, and time is needed for the bone to heal and grow to surround the dental Implant. The Implant will serve as the root for the new tooth. The bone is given time to bond with the titanium, giving way for a secure base for the artificial teeth to be attached. After this period, a support material known as an abutment is then placed on the Implant, and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed over the abutment. The surgeon may attach the abutment immediately after the surgery or wait a little while for the patient to heal properly. Depending on what works best for you, our doctors will work with you on an individual basis to give you the very best. If you lose all of your teeth, many treatment options are provided to support the replacement teeth.
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Surgical Advances in Dental Implants
By utilizing the most modern advancements in dental implant technology, our surgeons can fix single stage implants. These implants do not require a secondary procedure to open them but do need at least six weeks of healing period before artificial teeth are used as a replacement. It is also possible to place the implants at the time of tooth extraction, thus further reducing the number of procedures you will need to go through.
Dental implant installation requires teamwork involving an oral and maxillofacial surgeon as well as a restorative dentist. Our experienced doctors perform (the tooth extraction and) substantive implant surgery, primary tooth extractions, and bone grafting if required. A restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes you the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also provide you any temporary convenient prosthesis needed during the duration of the implant process.