A dental implant can replace a single missing tooth by utilizing a crown or it can replace several missing teeth as in an implant-supported bridge. In certain cases when all the teeth are missing, an implant-supported complete denture can also be employed.
In the face of developments in dental care, millions of people still suffer tooth loss mostly due to tooth decay and gum diseases. Congenitally missing teeth and traumatic dental injuries, although not frequent, can also lead to the loss of teeth. In these situations, the treatment options available include traditional fixed bridges, bonded restorations and removable dentures1. Nowadays, along with the advancements in the field of Dentistry, a dental implant can be a better treatment option to conservatively restore your smile.
Dentistry has advanced significantly in the area of dental implant technology. Dental implants offer a conservative and viable option to keep your jawbone healthy, maintain a stable bite and restore your beautiful smile.
Implant procedures can be done in a dental surgery set up with local anesthetics or under sedation, it can also be done under general anesthesia in a hospital setting if the patients are very anxious and nervous or medically compromised either way, the stages are the same.
First stage is the placement of the implant to the edentulous site, after one week upon removal of the suture the dentist can also expose the top part of the implant and replace the screw cap into a healing cap so the gums will open to receive final crown after 4 – 6 weeks depending on the adaption of bone to the implant.
If bone properly fused to the implant the final restoration of crown or dentures can be made and adjusted according to the right bite of the patient. A routine check-up of every 6 months should be practiced so the dentist could examine the implant and the other surrounding structures.
The large proportion of implant is composed of titanium alloy, and small percentages of aluminium and vanadium.
Recovery will take for at least 5 to 7 days, however, it varies from patient to patient.
The span of an implant could be from 5 years to a lifetime with consideration of practicing proper oral hygiene to prevent from damaging the crowns and other mouth structures. Thus, the need to practice a good oral hygiene is highly recommended.
To determine if a dental Implant is suitable for your case, a comprehensive general and oral assessment will be done. This includes reviewing your pertinent medical history, performing a thorough mouth examination to check the integrity of your teeth and gums, obtaining panoramic radiographs and possibly CT scans to verify the health of your jawbone, and lastly, making molds of the teeth and registering of the bite to create an accurate model of your mouth.
WRITTEN BY: DR. DON JOHNSON VITO CRUZ | EDITED BY: DR. RICHELLE RAMIREZ
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