Getting dental implants can be very nerve racking to an individual who is getting the procedure. The experience is not as bad as many people think, and it consists of many different types of procedures. Most of the time, implants are made in order to replace missing teeth (or chipped teeth) or a rotted tooth that is not very appealing. The prosthetic crown is used in place of the natural crown. It is placed right above the gumline and the root. The anchor of the prosthetic tooth is often hidden below the gumline to give a more authentic appearance. Most of the time, observers cannot tell that the tooth is not authentic because the dentist also makes sure to match the color and shape of the tooth blends with the rest of the teeth in the mouth.
Dental Implant Procedure
The basic procedure consists of the dentist exposing the gum tissue where the implant will be placed. Bone grafting may also be needed when there is not enough bone structure to hold the implant. Once the dentist has located the bone (which should be strong and healthy), they will work on the bone so the implant can fit perfectly.
The dentist will then place the implant into the tissue of the gumline. In many cases, the dentist will have already drilled the gum in order to receive the prosthetic tooth.
The Actual Healing Process
The healing process of this type of procedure is referred to as; Osseointegration. The healing process can take anywhere between 3-6 months. This can be hard on the patient, as they still will have to take part in daily activities such as chewing and eating. The reason it takes this long is because this is because of the amount of time needed for the implant to become an actual part of the lower jaw. The body will need time to accept the artificial tooth. When the gum tissue is ready and/or healed, a post is attached to the implant. This post is to support the crown of the artificial tooth.
Thanks to the advancement of technology, dentists are now using zirconim abutments to attach the implant post. This is to make sure the implant looks as natural as possible. The whole point is to get the implant tooth to blend in with the rest without it being obvious. This would also include the color and shape of the tooth. To blend the tooth with the natural teeth, the dentist will make impressions of your natural crown. The patient will have to bite down on a gummy-clay substance that will show the dentist how the teeth are structured and shaped. The dentist will then slip the crown over the post and cement it in. In the end, the crown will look very natural. Even if a by-stander was to stand close to the person’s mouth, it will more than likely be undetectable.
Dental implants must have a treatment plan just like the natural teeth. Dental implants can be brushed and cleaned like natural teeth without any problems.