Dental Implants are artificial prosthetic devices used to replace missing teeth. Implants come in many different sizes and shapes and they are placed into the bone to act as support for a prosthetic crown. They are made of titanium and are usually cylindrical in size.
Natural tooth like Appearance
- Improved comfort& speech
- Chewing improved & better nutrition
- No need for drilling your adjacent teeth as in case of traditional Crown & bridges, and offer the same force for biting.
Placing the Implant
Involves the placement of specific size and shape implants at strategic locations in the mouth. This is performed under local anaesthesia and the entire procedure takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour. Usually the healing is uneventful as the patient is on the prescribed drugs. Implants can also be placed immediately after extractions.
The Healing Process - Osseointegration
The healing process takes two to three months. This is the amount of time it usually takes for the implant to become part of the lower jaw, commonly referred to as osseointegration. ( osseo - bone ; the bone starts forming around the implant and the implant gets integrated into the bone tissue).
Attaching the Abutment
Today's technologies often include zirconium abutments attached to the implant post, to assure that the new porcelain tooth possesses translucency properties similar to a natural tooth.
Placing the Crown
After impressions are taken a crown is made and shaded to match your existing teeth. The crown is then slipped over the post and cemented.