Dental Implant Procedure

Important information about implants

A product that paved the way for modern dentistry, dental implants are the permanent alternative to dentures and bridges when it comes to replacing missing teeth. These artificial devices offer the benefits of enhanced durability and stability, as well as vastly improved comfort levels.

Anyone who wears dentures knows how challenging it can be to speak clearly and chew normally, especially during the initial break-in period. In addition, having to remove these synthetic mouthpieces every night before bed can be a bit of a pain.

As the name suggests, dental implants are literally implanted into the patient’s gum line, where after a period of time they become permanently infused with the jawbone by a process called osseointegration. At this point, the implant will look and function as flawlessly as a patient’s natural teeth, which is why they are excellent for replacing individual ones.

Given the higher cost of implants in comparison to other synthetic options, most dentists are not apt to use them when replacing multiple teeth, especially those in line with one another. Bridges are typically the better option in this scenario, since this is what they are designed to do.

How does the implant procedure work?

The first step of every implant operation is the insertion of the device directly into the jawbone; your dentist will strategically place it like the natural root it replaced, so that the surrounding gum tissue and bone in your mouth will start forming around it. Bear in mind that this is a lengthy process, and can take upwards of six months to finish.

After evaluating the progression of the osseointegration process, your dentist will uncover the top of the implant and install an extension referred to as a post. Once again, you must let the tissue infusion process take its place, before finally returning to visit your dentist for one more session a few months later. Now that your mouth has fully healed and the implant is serving as a secure foundation, a replacement tooth can be affixed to it.

Many dentists use crowns with dental implants, but a few alternatives do exist. Despite being relatively easy to perform, the only downside to this procedure is how long it takes to complete (6-9 months on average), but the lifelong benefits will make this small time investment well worth it.

Not all patients make great candidates for dental implants; individuals with unhealthy gums and a lack of jawbone needed to support the prosthetic are typically advised against having the procedure performed. The same goes for patients who are diagnosed with osteoporosis and/or diabetes; implant complications are more common for these people, as well as those who grind their teeth.

At Pakerhill Dental, we will determine whether an implant is the best course of action for replacing your missing tooth by discussing your health and budget needs during the initial consultation.

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