Knowledge on Dental Implants

Dental implants are nothing but an addition of a prosthetic tooth in place of the damaged or the missing tooth. These teeth similar to natural teeth contain a crown and a root. The visible part is the crown and is white enamel covered. The root supports the crown and in turn all the teeth together form the jawbone. Through implant the root and any damaged crown is replaced by an artificial one. These artificial teeth behave like natural ones in a few days after the implant is done. At we ensure that the implant device is inserted properly in the gums and they form a strong foundation of the tooth that has to be added to the jawbone. These are made of zirconium and titanium. There are many other products involved and researches are one for more advanced technology.

Procedure of the Implant

Basically the implant is done in one sitting with the dentist but it stays covered for three to six months. This phase is the one where the jawbone and the implant undergo a process called osseointegration. During this period, the gums will heal and till that time denture or bridge needs to be worn. There a specific diet, which needs to followed during the healing process. Only soft food is allowed that should be taken for the first couple of weeks in order to avoid chewing the food. This stage implant placement may also need extensive bone grafting which is done under the supervision of a dentist. There is a denture that will be used for a specified time to provide support. But there are cases where the patients may not need removable dentures. Dentists will support the patient in the transition process where the removable dentures might help in providing the support.

After this phase gets over, the second phase begins after 3-6 months for the implant was done. In this phase the top part of the implant is removed under the gums and extra extensions will be added to the implant. Then the dentist will do the additions that you can wear your teeth after the attachments as well.

The final phase is after two to six weeks of the second phase. The replacement teeth are made and finally fit into the jaw. This procedure may actually require few try out sessions to take the impressions of the mouth, but once the teeth are fabricated; they fit as the natural teeth in the mouth. There is a possibility of several complications like bleeding, numbness, infection and injury to nearby sinus cavities. There might be cases where the bone might not be attached to the implant and the dental implant is not successful.

Taking care of the implant

These dental implants which are done at are placed in the jawbone and the teeth attached to the implants may look and appear like natural ones. But they are initially weak and should be taken care of. These teeth must be treated same as the natural ones in terms of cleanliness and hygiene. There are proper methods for cleaning, which one needs to follow which are taught by the professionals as well. Dentists also ensure that the implants are not loose and that’s why they call you for regular check-ups.

Patients should also know that there are multiple visits to the dentist or a specialist until and unless the complete procedure is not completed. There are many checkups, which are scheduled for more than six to eight months, so that there is a complete monitoring done for the implant. Taking proper care and oral hygiene is very important for the implant.