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Dental Implants

Dental implants offer a natural looking replacement for adult teeth.  In addition, implants restore functionality to the jaw, making speaking, eating, and chewing easier.   Most implants are comprised of a screw that is embedded into the bone and a post to which the prosthesis is attached.

Implants are unique because the microsurface of the cone-shaped screw contains an innovative bone-bonding component.  This means that implants can be placed in areas with low bone density, sparing the patient the mess and misery of wearing poorly fitting dentures.  Additionally, the bone-bonding component means quicker recovery time after the implant is placed.

Why should I choose dental implants?

There are a wide variety of dental implants in the marketplace.  Almost 98% of implants are fitted successfully and last for a lifetime. Implants contain a unique feature, which is embedded in the surface of the screw.  Implant screws made by other companies are sprayed with calcium phosphate to enhance the bone integration process. 

Here are some of the other benefits associated with implants:

  • Better oral health.
  • Higher success rate.
  • Improved self-esteem.
  • Long-lasting results.
  • Multiple implants can be placed during a visit.
  • Natural-looking implants.
  • No adhesives or mess.
  • Prevention of bone loss and gum recession.
  • Sturdy, functional prosthetic teeth.

How are dental implants placed?

It is usually performed in two short visits, the first visit being typically an hour in length and the second taking around thirty minutes.

After the dentist has analyzed the X-rays and diagnostic results, the implant root can be inserted.  This procedure will be performed under local anesthetic, unless another type of sedation is preferred.

Here is a step-by-step process for the first stage of a dental implant placement:

  1. An incision will be made in the gum tissue to expose the jawbone.
  2. A tiny hole will be drilled into the jawbone to insert the implant into.
  3. The implant will be screwed or tapped into the designated position.
  4. A small temporary stop-cap is placed to cover the implant, and the surgical site is sutured closed.
  5. After approximately 10 days, the sutures will be removed and the dentist will assess the healing process.

Generally, dental implants enhance the healing process, which means that the second treatment phase can be completed around 10-12 weeks after the first.

Here is a brief overview of can be expected at the second appointment:

A local anesthetic will be administered, and a tiny incision will be made to expose the prosthetic root.  The temporary stop-cap will be removed and a small post or abutment will be attached to the implant.

When the healing process is complete, the new dental prosthesis (usually a crown) will be created from bite impressions.  A tiny screw will be used to secure the prosthesis onto the abutment.  Any necessary adjustments will be made to ensure the prosthesis is comfortable, and the dental implant will be secure for a lifetime.

If you have any questions about dental implants, please ask your dentist.

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