Have you lost your natural tooth due to concerns such as cavities, gum diseases, or external trauma to the mouth? Losing a tooth can be quite disadvantageous in terms of oral functionality and aesthetics. Hence, it would be wise to get it restored using a prosthetic tooth, such as a dental implant. The various advantages offered by implants make them one of the foremost choices to replace a missing tooth.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
- Implants are composed of dental-grade materials like titanium and tooth-colored ceramic. These materials offer excellent strength and durability, making them perfect for fabricating long-lasting dental restorations.
- Since implants are placed directly in the jawbone, they stay very stable despite regular usage. The grooves on the surface of the implant stud offer excellent stability and anchorage.
- Implants can be personalized to mimic the aesthetics of natural teeth in terms of color, shape, and size. This keeps them under disguise and allows you to smile without being conscious of your facial appearance.
- Implants ensure better jawbone health. They prevent deterioration of the underlying jawbone and keep it healthy.
- Implants have an excellent success rate, thanks to the rigorous screening procedure followed before commencing the treatment. This ensures they last for several years without any hassle.
- Implants allow you to bite and chew food as you always did. They wouldn't get displaced or worn out easily.
How is dental implantation carried out?
The dentist will visually examine the mouth to understand your oral condition. Digital scans and x-rays are taken to understand the structure of the underlying jawbone and determine if the adjoining teeth have drifted from their actual positions. This data will be used to define your candidacy for implants. Also, a comprehensive diagnosis of your overall health will be conducted to know whether or not your body is ready for the procedures.
Dental implantation would require at least two surgeries - one to set the dental implant in the jawbone and the other to place the ceramic crown on the implant. During the initial surgery, local anesthesia will be administered to numb the oral tissues. Using high-precision dental devices, we will make a slit on the gums and a small hole in the jawbone in the missing tooth's place. The implant stud will be placed in this hole and secured firmly using dental adhesives. We will suggest a few months' healing period to allow the bone to fuse with the implant stud.
After the healing period is completed, the second surgery will be scheduled to bond the crown to the implant stud. Before this is done, a connecting element called the abutment would be placed on the implant and bonded firmly. The crown will be fixed to the abutment, and a bite test will be conducted to ensure your natural bite hasn't changed. The crown will be buffed to give it a good luster.
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