Dental implant surgery is performed to replace nonexistent roots of missing teeth and can provide an alternative to dentures and bridgework. How the surgery is performed depends on your jawbone’s condition and the type of implant.
Dental implant surgery remains one of the safest dental surgeries and delivers incredible cosmetic outcomes.
Dental Implants are essentially artificial tooth roots resembling screws that are placed in your jaw bone and bond with your natural bone. The implants are put in place to support artificial teeth such as crowns. Once the implants are surgically placed in the correct position, the titanium implant fuses to your jawbone. Attached to the implant is a connector known as an abutment that is placed to hold the crowns from moving.
This procedure keeps the implants secure so they do not slip from their position and because of the durability of the materials, they will not decay over time like your own teeth can. Dental implants are the strongest and most reliable devices to support tooth replacements.
Dental implant surgery involves multiple steps and is performed in stages. The process may take months from start to finish depending on the time spent healing between procedures and the growth of new bone in your jaw. The traditional steps include removing the damaged tooth, jawbone preparation, dental implant placement, bone growth and healing, abutment placement and artificial tooth placement.
With today’s advanced technology and depending on your bone condition, the implant can be loaded with a temporary in the same day. After a few months of healing, you will be set to receive your permanent restoration. After the procedure, you may experience some swelling of your gums and face, minor bleeding and bruising of your skin and gums but these side effects are only temporary.
Make sure to maintain excellent oral hygiene and keep neighboring teeth and gums healthy. Implants are built to last for many decades with proper maintenance and will keep you feeling great and living your life with confidence.
While every scenario is unique, Dental Implants can take only a few appointments and you'll essentially have all of the function and appearance of your original teeth in anywhere between a month to six months depending on your particular case.
This is because unlike most treatment options dental implants actually fuse to your jawbone and become part of your anatomy, which makes them as strong and reliable as your original teeth!
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