Dental implants constitute a good chunk of the overall dental surgery practice. When it comes to implants, this process involves installing porcelain artificial teeth into the gums. Installation of dental implants often becomes necessary if you have lost teeth due to injury, old age or ailments such as periodontitis (periodontal disease). Below, find out what the process involves as well as the different pros and cons associated with the process.
How is it done?
The process of getting dental implants starts with a dental examination. Here the dentist has to first ascertain that your jaw structure is strong and healthy enough to withstand an implant. Physical examinations and jaw x-rays are used for this.
Once you are approved as a good candidate for dental implants, your dentist will create a mould for the tooth to be replaced. This is done using special dental cement. The dentist may use one of your teeth or an artificial sample to do this. The finished moulds are then sent to a manufacturer for fabrication.
You will then get allocated a date for the implantation surgery. Here, under anesthesia, a metallic implant will be drilled into your jaw bone. This implant will provide the support needed to hold your implanted 'fake' tooth. You will then be allowed a few days to heal as you take pain killers. Your dentist will also examine the implant to make sure there is no infection or abnormal inflammation.
In the final step of the process, the finished mould of the crown will be fitted onto the implant and fastened with a dental nut or screw.
Your dentist will then slot a few dental follow-up visits where they will check that the surgery went well and your new tooth is well installed.
Benefits of getting a dental implant:
There are several great benefits of getting a dental implant. These include the following:
- Firm placement – your new tooth will not move and feels natural
- No removal needed – your new tooth is permanent
- No falling off – unlike bridges or dentures, your new tooth will never fall off
- Offers best jaw support compared to bridges and dentures
Cons of getting a dental implant:
- The procedure can be expensive
- The process takes a while to complete
- The process may be a bit intimidating due to its surgical nature
When all is said and done, dental implants a wonderful technology for those with missing teeth. If you are contemplating getting an implant, seek a consultation service from a dentist, dental surgeon or cosmetic dentist.