One of the most effective ways of artificially replacing missing teeth is dental implants. Dental implants are excellent solutions when it comes to restoring the proper functions of the teeth and supporting structures. They are also known to be very durable. Dental implants are also often used to support crowns, bridges, permanent dentures and so on.
Advantages of Dental Implants:
- Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own. This means you can restore both your smile and your confidence in it
- With dental implants you don't have to worry about difficulties with chewing. They feel more secure than any other solution
- As long as they are maintained properly, implants can last a lifetime
- Implant technology is improving and evolving for the better, everyday
What is Involved in the Implant Procedure?
The actual implant procedure commonly involves two stages, separated by a minimum gap of three months to allow for healing. The first stage is the Dental Implant Surgery. The dentist introduces a local anaesthetic in the relevant area and cuts an incision in the gum, creating a flap. A hole is then drilled into the exposed jaw bone. The implant is inserted into this hole and screwed in place and the flap is stitched back.
The second stage of the process is called Implant Restoration. After the healing period, the dentist will screw an abutment on top of the implant. This is a metal cylinder that the artificial tooth will be built onto. Your artificial tooth will be built at a laboratory and when it is ready, it will be placed on the implant and any final adjustments will be made. You will return home that day with a fully restored smile!