A dental implant, also known as an endosseous implant or fixture, is a prosthesis permanently placed in the jawbone to replace one or more missing teeth. Since a missing tooth can affect the way you speak, bite and chew, dental implants are a permanent solution for those who have lost teeth due to injury, disease or decay.
What do dental implants involve?
Placing a dental implant requires planning and the collaboration of your dentist and dental technician.
Since these implants are placed directly into the jaw bone, your dentist will need to evaluate your mouth and see if you are a candidate for dental implants.
If your dentist finds that you can hold an implant, an impression of your teeth will be taken. The dental technician will then create the prosthesis known as a crown. This crown will be attached to the post or anchor (which is anchored in the jawbone) giving the appearance of a natural tooth.
After an impression has been taken, your dentist will place the anchor into your jaw bone. This is the surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture, facial prosthesis or to act as an orthodontic anchor.
Using local anaesthesia to numb the area, an incision will be made into the gum tissue, and a drill will be used to insert the implant. The gum tissue is then stitched closed, and a healing cap is then placed on top temporarily to protect while the area heals over the next 6 months. In your follow-up appointment, the healing cap is replaced with the permanent crown.
In general dental implants are more comfortable and secure than other solutions such as dentures because they look, feel and act like natural teeth. Dental implants can also last up to 25 years, proving a more permanent option for replacing missing teeth.
So here the following happens:
We determine if patient is a candidate. We take impression for surgical splint to make sure we position implant in the most accurate position. We send the patient for implant placement in the bone. 3 months later we take impression for implant crown.