Losing a tooth or two can put anyone on the back foot as it hinders the functionality of the mouth and ruins the esthetics of the smile. Moreover, it puts the patient in a mentally uncomfortable state as it can lead to frequent embarrassment while interacting with people. This is why dentists always recommend their patients get their missing teeth replaced at the earliest to avoid future complications.
Dental implants are known as the best teeth replacement solution. They consist of a metal post, preferably titanium, and a ceramic crown that replace the tooth in its entirety. The best feature about an implant is that it looks exactly like a natural tooth, and no one would ever know that your natural tooth has been replaced by a prosthetic.
Several factors affect the candidacy for getting a dental implant. The patient should be in a good state of overall health, shouldn’t have high levels of blood sugar and blood pressure, shouldn’t have any gum disease, and most importantly, should have enough jawbone to support the implant. In case the jawbone is insufficient, a bone graft may be recommended by the dentist to bring up its volume.
When all the conditions are satisfied, the patient will be prepared for the surgery. Local anesthesia will be administered to numb the gums, teeth, and the jawbone. A rubber dam may be used to prevent the intervention of saliva during the surgery and to keep microbes away. A small incision will be made on the gums where the implant is to be placed to expose the jawbone. High-precision dental instruments will be used to create a small hole in it. The implant will be placed in it, and the dentist makes sure it is fixed firmly.
The dentist recommends a healing period of a few months to allow the jawbone to fuse to the implant and the gums to heal. During the next appointment, the dentist makes sure the implant site has healed, and the implant has firmly adhered to the bone structure. An abutment, or a connecting element, will be placed on it, and the crown will be attached to it. Dental adhesives will be used for this purpose. Finally, the bite and comfort will be checked, and the implant may be polished to improve the aesthetics.
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