The process for placing a dental implant can be of a lengthy undertaking, however the subsequent benefits often prove to be worth the wait.
The first stage in assessment of the patient condition must establish whether or not the individual is a suitable candidate for the implant procedure. This takes into account the amount of remaining bone present in the underlying jaw structure. This is of critical importance, as a lack of supporting bone will render the treatment unstable and therefore unsuccessful.
Once the patient has had a thorough assessment, the process of preparing the mouth for the dental implant titanium ‘root’ will be carried out and the implant will be set in place.
Once the implant is in place, a period of up to six months is needed for healing. During this time, the ‘root’ is allowed to fuse with the surrounding bone through a process of ‘osseointegration’. This allows for the biocompatible titanium component to become highly stabilised within the jawbone structure. The surrounding gum is also able to heal within this time.
After the implant has fused to the bone and the gums have healed, the next stage involves the reopening of the gum surface. This is where an ‘abutment’ will be attached to the root, which effectively acts as a post onto which the ‘artificial tooth’ or ‘crown’ is later placed.
Dental implants are not only the most stable of all the restoration methods available, they also look and act like natural teeth. The natural tooth-like quality of porcelain crowns is a suitable finish to the core strength and aesthetics of the dental implant treatment.
In extreme cases where there is an absence of remaining support, bone grafts may need to be carried out at the patients wish. This treatment will be referred to a specialist.
At Kitchener Street Dental, we offer alternatives to dental implants for patients that need to replace single teeth, multiple teeth or a full arch of teeth at a time. Find out more about the alternatives to dental implants by following the links below:
Implant supported dentures involve the placement of dental implants and are often used for patients who suffer from complete tooth loss in one or both arches.
Bridges use crowns or metal wings to secure a porcelain crown in the place of one or more missing teeth. This treatment does not have the same benefits as dental implants because they are not secured in the bone. Although bridges do provide an aesthetic solution if aesthetics is the main concern.
For further information about the range of treatment options available to you at Kitchener Street Dental, please do not hesitate to contact us today.
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Dental implants are the long-term solution to tooth loss and work by using a titanium screw to replace a natural tooth root. The screw is topped off with a crown or artificial tooth to restore both aesthetics and functions.
Dental implants have many benefits such as preventing bone loss, they last longer than other alternatives, more durable, look natural, improve aesthetics and also have no age restrictions.
You are a good candidate if you do not suffer from gum disease, have adequate jaw bone density, do not smoke and have at least one missing tooth.
Dental implants are safe and the most effective solution for tooth loss. The materials that dental implants are made from are biocompatible with the human body.