The most effective way of restoring a missing tooth or teeth these days is dental implant treatment. A lot of patients seem to be frightened about this procedure but they are not aware that the trauma involved in tooth extraction is far greater than getting dental implants.
Consulting a cosmetic dentist is the best option for anyone who is suffering from teeth issues. Bone degradation and gum issues are the risks involved in waiting for too long while oral hygiene of an individual is also compromised. Apart from a cosmetic dentist, it is the Prosthodontist or Oral Surgeon who specializes and has educated themselves in the field of Implants, who has to be contacted and consulted when one thinks of getting Dental implants placed where the teeth are missing.
Following are the steps involved when getting dental implants for anyone who is curious regarding the details of the actual procedure.
Before an individual can undergo the treatment they firstly need to get themselves medically checked and approved. The procedure can be divided into the following stages once the patient has been approved. There are many contraindications for the placement of Implants, which have to be checked first, as they may pose risky if ignored, while going through the steps of the Implant placement, and may cause several implant problems like rejection etc.
A small incision is made to prepare the gum tissue that acts as the site of the dental implant. The bone area where the implant is to be later placed is exposed this way. Bone grafting is often suggested by implant specialists, specifically when the bone structure is not enough.
The dental implant is placed once the bone is readied and to hold the implant in, the implant specialist then sutures the gum tissues.
The longest state of the entire procedure is the healing process. The healing stage is also known as osseointegration and it takes about three to six months. The implant eventually becomes a part of the jaw during this stage. Osseointegration is a process where the implant screw material chemically binds with the composition of the jaw bone, eventually creating a bond which keeps the position of the screw intact within the jaw bone. The best metals that possess a property of osseointegration are Titanium, Valladium, Platinum, Zirconium.
The implant is then reinforced by attaching a post once the tissues are ready and have completely healed. The porcelain crown that is placed later is also supported by the post. To provide translucency to the porcelain tooth the implant specialists even attach zirconium abutments.
Next a crown to match the existing teeth is designed once the impression has been taken. The crown is then placed on the site once it has been designed completely. An individual no longer has to worry about clicking or slipping dentures once the crown has been placed and they can get back to their normal eating habits. Depending on the number of implants being placed, it may be a single crown, or a multiple crown or an overdenture that may be sitting over the implants, when there are several teeth involved or the entire jaw is without natural teeth.
For smokers the dental implant procedure has proven to be less effective therefore they are advised against getting them. The color of the teeth and the dental implants should be identical. The costs of the dental implant procedure often have to be paid from pocket since they are not covered by most dental insurances.