In the past, the only solution to replacing missing tooth is only through dentures. Now, with the advancement in the dental field, dental implant has since offered a better option in replacing missing teeth. Dental Implants are titanium tooth “roots” used to replace missing natural roots. Once in place, they become firmly attached to the bone crowns are attached to the implant. It functions closest to natural teeth. Dental implants are designed to mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace single or multiple missing teeth used as abutments to dental bridge. They are also of great help to people who wear dentures. This gives the patient more confidence and comfort compared to wearing removable denture.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are surgically threaded into the jaw. In conventional implant procedure, a waiting period is needed from implant placement to permanent crown installation of about three to six months; this allows a period for the bone to grow around the implant and eventually attaches itself to it. This process is called Osseo integration. The often question for this case is “Will the patient go with missing teeth for 3-6 months?” the answer is NO. A temporary tooth or bridge allows the patient to have esthetics and function immediately. The patient can walk out of the dental office and enjoy socializing and a pleasant meal that very same night. Another solution is to have a patient who is wearing dentures continue wearing their dentures until the implants are fully functional. While in other clinical situations, crowns can be attached to the dental implants immediately.
General Benefits of Dental Implant
- Implant post is made of titanium, its bio-compatible properties give the ability to fuse to natural bone and function as part of it.
- Restores the ability to chew and speak properly
- It prevents further bone degeneration in the jaw
- Creates a youthful look
- Boosts confidence