Dental implantation is a multi-step process that replaces missing or damaged teeth. And while it takes a few trips back to the dentist to complete, the benefits can be life-changing. These implants replace missing teeth or teeth too damaged to repair with a titanium substitute. Then an artificial tooth is fixed onto the titanium root. This titanium tooth is very durable, as is the artificial tooth which can be shaped to look like a normal tooth. This procedure often has impeccable results; many will not be able to tell an implant from healthy teeth. For new patients, having teeth implanted at our Shrewsberry practice can be a daunting process. This Monkmoor Dental Practice guide will hopefully help patients understand what happens during dental implants, what makes it work and why they shouldn’t be scared at all.
Before the implantation, the dentist will assess your condition and give you an overview of the procedure. If the damaged teeth or fragments remain, it may be time to pull it out. A complete extraction is necessary when undergoing a dental implant. Dental implants require that a healthy and strong jaw bone. X-rays and castings may be requested by the dentist to have a clearer idea of the state of your jaw. Sometimes, the jaw might be too weak for an implant.
The first surgery involves the insertion of the implants. Our qualified dentists will perform this procedure, inserting the titanium root in either the lower or upper jaw. After implantation, they will be left in the bone to fuse with the jaw. This fusion makes implants very steadfast — the bone seals the titanium implants.
This step of the process prepares the teeth for the synthetic tooth. After the mouth has healed from the titanium implant, the gums are prepared for the abutment. Healing abutments create a gap in the gums to make space for the temporary abutments and crown. Dental implants fit closely to the gums because of this procedure.
The next step will involve removing the healing abutments then the temporary abutment. At this stage, a temporary crown is put in place. The temporary crown will help the surrounding gums develop the correct shape. In this part, the gums are “trained” to accommodate the soon to be placed permanent implant.
Placement of the Permanent Crown
After the first few steps, the final, permanent abutment is put into place. Attached to this would be the permanent crown which will mimic the appearance of normal teeth. Normally, it would take dentists two to three weeks to create the permanent crown. These crowns can be perfect replicas of the missing teeth. This is the end of the process. It takes five to seven months for implants in the lower jaw, more for the upper jaw to go through this entire process. However, each implant is unique. Upon closer inspection, our dentists will be able to give patients more relevant information on how long the process will take. As one of the most reliable treatments out there, maintaining an implant is a lot like maintaining normal teeth. It requires only the normal proper oral hygiene routine like regular brushing of the teeth and flossing. Your dentist will advise you about caring for your teeth during and after the treatment. It’s the perfect solution if you are missing one or several teeth as it is permanent and it requires only normal hygiene maintenance.