What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium constructed devices that are surgically implanted into the patient’s jawbone to which a substructure (dental implant abutment) is normally then attached to provide further structural support for the insertion of artificial replacement teeth. Depending on the individual patient requirements, artificial replacement teeth can be in the form of crowns, bridges, or in some cases dentures.
In What Circumstances Are Dental Implants Used?
Dental implants are mainly used in cases where patients have missing teeth resulting from injury, decay or possibly from periodontal (gum) disease. Titanium constructed implants provide an ideal restoration solution serving as replacement tooth roots. These implants provide a strong foundation for the attachment of permanent porcelain constructed tooth replacements that are made to match your natural teeth. Dental implants are as close as you can get to having your natural teeth back again.
Preliminary Dental Implant Patient Suitability Examination
We first schedule an initial consultation with the dentist to ascertain your suitability for implant surgery. We conduct a preliminary full oral examination to make sure that your jawbone and gum structure is strong enough and healthy enough to support the implant foundational screw insertion. If the dentist approves your suitability for an implant, we can then schedule you in for a surgery date.
The Dental Implant Surgery Process
Your dentist will surgically insert the titanium constructed implant screw into your gum. This is what will be used to support the porcelain crown (artificial tooth) which will then be fitted on top.
Dental Implant Surgery Recovery Process
Following surgery, the majority of patients will only experience mild discomfort during the first few days of recovery. We may prescribe pain medication to offset any type of post surgery pain or discomfort. After the implant is placed a time of 12-16 weeks is allow for healing and the integration of the fixture. At the end of this time of healing and integration, an impression or 3D scan id carried out and sent to the laboratory and the abutment substructure and the crown or bridge made.
The next stage is the fitting of the dental crown or dental bridge.