A dental implant is a straightforward solution to a missing, loose or decayed tooth.
What does an implant-restored tooth consist of?
The implant consists of a titanium material which is inserted into the upper or lower jawbone.
The abutment connects to the implant by a screw which attaches the implant to the crown. The abutment is shaped similarly to a natural tooth which the crown can be attached to.
The restoration is the object which resembles a tooth. Usually consisting of porcelain this allows the crown to mimic a tooth’s colour and texture.
What Does the Surgery Involve?
Firstly, a consultation is carried out to ensure the suitability of the procedure and initiate a full oral exam. Generally, dental X-rays and impressions will be taken of the teeth to produce models. In order to assess the extent of jawbone for surgery, computed scans may be taken to indicate the feasibility and locate nerve endings.
Where a lack of jawbone is disclosed this may require for an augmentation to take place before surgery. Ensuring there is a suitable amount of bone is essential in carrying out a successful surgery.
Once sufficient bone structure is achieved to hold the implant, your first procedure can be scheduled. During the first procedure, the implant is fitted into the bone in preparation for your new tooth. A periodontist or general surgeon will generally carry out this stage before fitting a mock tooth for size.
The second surgery requires a prior four to five months of healing to allow the bone and implant to fuse. We’ll make sure the healing process has completed by taking an X-ray ready for the attachment of a healing cap. We’ll then attach a temporary crown which consists of a much softer material to prevent inflicting pressure on the implant.
Once your abutment has healed, the permanent crown will be created from a model of your teeth to create a polished end result.
The replacement of a single tooth could completely alter your life. Whatever the reason for your tooth loss, a single dental implant could make the greatest impact. Contact us for more information regarding general dental implants.