All types of dental implants
What is Dental Implant?
Dental implants are small devices sort of like little screws that are inserted directly into the gum line to support a crown, bridge, or denture. A crown is used to replace a single missing tooth, while bridges and dentures replace multiple or a whole row of lost teeth. With prosthetic roots, your jawbone has the stimulation it needs to stay healthy and whole, and your new teeth have the security to stand firmly in the gums. Dental implants restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile without the stress or worry of missing teeth or an ill-fitting denture.
How does the dental Implant procedure work?
The implantation procedure is the most invasive step in the dental implant process. This is when the oral surgeon places the metal that will serve as the tooth root into the jawbone. Though this is invasive, you shouldn't feel any pain during the procedure. Your oral surgeon will make a cut in your gum to expose the bone so he or she can drill a hole for the implant. There are many options to help reduce pain during this process. Your surgeon will ensure this process is as comfortable as possible for you. After this step, your jawbone will grow into and unite with the dental implant. This process - called osseointegration - can take several months. It's important for your artificial tooth to having a solid base as your natural teeth do. While you wait for your jawbone to heal, you will have a gap where your tooth is missing. You will likely use a partial, temporary denture during this time. Once you have a strong base for your new artificial tooth, the process can continue.