A dental implant is a small titanium or zirconium screw, embedded into the jawbone in place of the missing tooth’s root.
About the dental implants:
● Implants are inserted during a surgical procedure, using a local anesthetic;
● Titanium, while inside the human body, usually does not cause any allergic reactions and the bone fuses tightly with the material;
● After the wound is healed, the implant replaces the root of the missing tooth, as for the healthy teeth, they remain untouched, as it is unnecessary to reshape them;
● The implant can also be used as a full arch to replace several teeth.
Why choose dental implants?
● A dental implant helps prevent constant jawbone deterioration because it replaces the natural root of the tooth;
● The recreated structures stay firm, even when the prosthetics are used without adhesive cream;
● They ease discomfort, which often occurs using inefficiently adherent dental prosthetics;
● Dental implants aid in preserving a natural jawbone and, in turn, facial structure;
● They protect nearby healthy teeth from reshaping, a procedure which is necessary during usual treatment using a dental bridge;
● Dental implants preserve your smile.
Course of treatment
1. Diagnosis. After completing an X-ray analysis, the odontologist will evaluate and determine which form of treatment can best be applied to You, he will explain the pros and cons of different types of dental restoration methods and, using X-ray photos or computerized tomography scans and plaster models, will determine where the implant must be placed.
IMPORTANT! In order for the implant to heal properly, a sufficient amount of bone tissue is necessary. If there is not enough bone tissue, it is required to strengthen the implant site.
2. Implantation. Usually a false dental root is inserted after injecting local anesthetics. The odontologist prepares a suitable place in the jawbone where the implant is placed. Depending on each patient’s unique situation, during the healing period a temporary tooth-restoring structure may be attached onto the implant.
3. Healing process. Lasts from six weeks to several months until the implant integrates firmly with the jawbone. After about a week stitches are removed.
4. Further maintenance. An implant that is not cared for, just like a natural root, may be pushed out onto the surface. Professional hygiene of the implants increases the longevity of the new tooth.