Having a gap in your mouth can lead to a number of degenerative changes to the remaining teeth. For some patients, the ideal way to fill a gap in their teeth is a dental implant. They are an outstanding, high quality and long-lasting solution, and are considered the gold standard.
Implants are a fantastic option to improve the function, look and feel of your mouth. There are many ways to have an implant placed and they are very dependent on each different case.
What is involved in getting a dental implant?
A dental implant is a more permanent way to replace a lost tooth. The implant is created using a metal post that integrates with the bone, which then supports an artificial tooth, allowing it to function and appear as if it were a natural tooth.
There are several stages involved in placing a dental implant. These are normally done over several appointments, and often does take some time, as time needs to be allowed for healing and bone growth. Every patient and every case is different, but typically implant surgery involves the following appointments:
- Planning is one of the most important parts of the implant process. This includes 3D xrays and digital scans to assess implant placement and final restoration.
- Removal of the damaged tooth, if it is still present.
- Preparation of the bone (grafting), if it is needed. For some patients, there is a need to thicken the area of bone to support the implant, and in these cases, a bone graft is completed first. This can be done using a small section of your own bone, or can be made using a range of manufactured materials.
- Next, the first component of the dental implant is placed. During the surgery, a space is created for placement of the ‘post’ of the dental implant, which is typically made of titanium.
- Time is then allowed for bone growth and healing. During this process, the bone will grow into and join to the surface of the implant. This provides a stable base for your new tooth, similar to how your natural teeth are supported by their roots.
- Finally, a crown is placed on top of the implant. Once healing has finished, the crown is attached to the implant. It will be designed to match your natural teeth, so it will look as though you never lost a tooth at all!
At Floss Family Dental, we pride ourselves on providing meticulous care and customised advice, so if you believe that you would benefit from dental implants, our team would be delighted to work with you to determine the best solution for you.