Dental Implants Explained

Dental Implants are a great option for missing teeth. The procedure is a long-term solution to missing teeth. The implanted tooth is nearly identical to your natural teeth and should function as if your original tooth had never been lost. When performed by an experienced implant dentist, the success rate is high. Post-operative instructions are very important for proper healing. Patients should try to maintain good oral hygiene during the recovery period. They should avoid smoking and alcohol, which can increase the risk of implant failure.

Before the process could begin, the patient would need to visit different specialists to get a complete picture of the mouth and jaw. These professionals include an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, a periodontist, a prosthodontist, and an ENT specialist. A thorough dental examination is performed, including dental X-rays, 3D images, and models of the mouth. If all of these specialists are satisfied with the results of the initial consultation, the procedure can begin.

The procedure involves the placement of a titanium alloy post in the jawbone. A small connector post, called an abutment, attaches the implant to the replacement tooth or crown. The dentist takes an impression of your mouth and abutment to determine the perfect fit. The implant crown is customized to fit the abutment. After the surgery, the dental implant is attached to the abutment with a screw.