Losing a tooth can be very disadvantageous, especially from the aesthetic and functional point of view. It can affect the person's ability to bite, chew, and talk properly (as the phonetics can vary largely due to an extracted tooth). Hence, replacing it with an artificial restoration is highly recommended by dentists to bring the mouth back to its original functionality.
Dental implants are one of the most sought-after tooth replacement solutions owing to their advantages. They are made from titanium, which is a hard and durable metal and serves perfectly as the root of the implant. The implant crown (the visible tooth structure) is made from ceramic and mimics the appearance of a natural tooth perfectly.
Why are implants the perfect tooth replacement solution?
- When a tooth is extracted, its place in the jawbone would be left empty. This allows the adjoining teeth to drift from their positions, which could potentially lead to malocclusion and change in the shape of the jawbone. Getting an implant prevents this as both the tooth and the root would be replaced, preventing the teeth from drifting.
- They do a great job at restoring the functionality of the mouth. Patients would be able to bite, chew and speak like they used to with their natural teeth.
- They are highly durable, strong, long lasting and resistant to discoloration. Moreover, there is no chance of cavities with implants as they are made from ceramic and do not contain living tissues.
- They look and feel exactly like natural teeth. The patient would feel much confident to smile or talk to people after getting an implant.
How is an implant surgery done?
During the initial visit to our practice, we would conduct a thorough examination of the oral set up and check for signs of infection, jawbone deterioration, displacement of the teeth, and other factors that may affect the procedure. X-rays and scans will be taken to map out the position of the teeth and where the implant should be placed exactly. The data from the scans will be sent to a dental laboratory for fabricating the crown using ceramic.
During the surgery, local anesthesia would be administered to the gums to numb the teeth and the surrounding area. A small incision will be made on the gums and a hole will be made on the jawbone. High precision dental instruments are used for this purpose to increase the efficiency and minimize discomfort as much as possible. The titanium stud will carefully be inserted into the hole and secured. Over the course of the next few weeks, the implant site will be allowed to heal, where the jawbone holds the stud firmly and the gum tissues grow back around it.
A small connecting element called the abutment will be placed on the implant. The crown that is obtained from the laboratory will be attached to the implant via the abutment and secured in position using dental adhesives. The patient’s bite and comfort will be checked for and any aesthetic changes required will be made.
Schedule an appointment with us and get your missing teeth replaced with high-quality dental implants at the earliest.