Our Delta BC dentists often use dental implants to restore the function and appearance of patients’ smiles. In this post, we share some information about dental implants and the process of surgically placing them.
Are you considering dental implants?
Dental implants are an ideal option for many patients thinking about how they’ll replace missing teeth and restore function to their smile. If you are thinking of getting dental implants to replace your missing teeth, we want to make sure you understand exactly what dental implants are, and how the implant process unfolds. https://www.scott72dental.com/site/surrey-dentist-dental-implants
Parts of The Dental Implant
All three parts of a dental implant are often collectively referred to as ‘a dental implant’. That said, the actual implant part is a small titanium screw that your dentist will surgically place in your jaw to replace the root of the missing tooth. The screw portion of the implant acts as the ‘root’ or stable base. An artificial tooth will later be attached here.
As the site where the implant was placed heals, the screw will integrate with your jaw bone and form a strong, permanent base for your artificial tooth (restoration). Typically, it takes patients 4 to 6 months to heal following implant surgery. After your mouth has completely healed, we can start the next step in the dental implant process.
Attaching an abutment to the implant is the next step in the dental implant process. The abutment is usually made from titanium or ceramic material. It connects and secures the restoration to the dental implant.
Once your mouth has had enough time to heal, the restoration can be attached to the abutment. A restoration can be either a single artificial tooth, or multiple artificial teeth, such as a crown or bridge.
A dental crown can be used for patients who need a single tooth replaced. To create an artificial tooth that will look and function almost exactly like a natural tooth, a dental crown will be cemented or screwed to the abutment. Dental crowns can be constructed from ceramic or a mixture of porcelain and metal material.
For patients who need numerous missing teeth in a row replaced, a dental bridge (usually made from porcelain) may be a great option. Just two implants are needed to attach a bridge and hold securely in place.