Dental implants are a permanent restorative treatment you may opt for if you have severe;y damaged or missing teeth. These implants look and function like your regular teeth and last for decades. They consist of biocompatible metal posts with abutments attached to them and prosthetic teeth that sit on top of the abutments. Dental implants are also permanent restorations.
dental implants can help preserve facial structure and prevent bone loss in the jaw?
The first step in getting dental implants is a consultation with the dentist responsible for your treatment. The dentist will examine your oral condition, specifically your remaining teeth, and gums. They’ll also take X-rays and photos of your teeth and jawbone. The Information from the consultation is used to create a treatment plan for your dental implants.
The implant placement process starts with injecting local anesthesia into the gum tissue near the affected tooth. This numbs the area, so the dentist can make an incision in the gums and drill a hole into the bone beneath.
The dentist then inserts the titanium or zirconia implant into the hole. The dentist might suture the incision or leave it as-is. Over the next few months, the jaw bone will fuse with the implant in a process called osseointegration.
Once osseointegration is complete, the dentist will call you in to place the abutment. The dentist will open up the gum, and place the abutment on the implant. They’ll then compare your tooth’s color to a color chart and get prosthetic teeth to install on the abutment. You’ll then receive instructions for taking care of the implant until recovery.
Do you have a single missing tooth? If so, you can opt for a single-tooth implant. Our single-tooth implants are made from titanium, a strong, durable, and biocompatible metal. After the surgery, we provide instructions for taking care of your implants and schedule follow-up visits to ensure seamless healing.
We recommend our full arch implants for patients who’ve lost all of their teeth in one or both jaws. These implants consist of four to six implants with dentures attached to them containing prosthetic teeth. We use top-grade titanium implants and dentures for your full arch implants, so they’re almost guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Implant-retained dentures are dentures held in place by dental implants. At PS DENTAL, we can arrange dental implant restoration first before creating custom implant-supported dentures for the implants. This is an excellent alternative to full-arch implants if you’re unwilling to extract the remaining teeth in your jaw for full-arch implants.
All four implants are similar to full arch implants but may support a few missing teeth on the jaw that line up one after the other in the same jaw. Here, the four teeth that sit on a gum base are held in place by four implants. The implants are installed at different angles for effective distribution when chewing and biting.
dental implant surgery is generally considered safe and has a low risk of complications?
No, getting dental implants is painless, but you may feel mild pain and discomfort after the procedure. The dentists will inject lidocaine into the affected region before the procedure begins. This numbs the region, ensuring you don’t feel any pain throughout the procedure. You can use OTC painkillers to manage discomfort after the surgery.
Dental implants last ten to twenty years depending on the material. Titanium implants last longer than zirconia ones. Your habits and oral hygiene habits also determine the longevity of your implants. Proper oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing regularly and frequent checkups can help increase your implant’s lifespan.