A dental implant is one form of tooth replacement. Implants are man-made structures that are surgically implanted in the upper or lower jaw to serve as anchors for replacement teeth. Titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body are used to create implants.Learn more about them at Fain Dental Arts of North Miami: Sylvan Fain DDS – North Miami dental implants.
A tooth that has been preserved with implants is made up of many sections.
The titanium implant is inserted into either the upper or lower jawbone.
Titanium, gold, or porcelain may be used for the abutment. Through a pin, it is secured to the implant. This component joins the implant and the crown.
The restoration (the part that looks like a tooth) is a crown, which is usually made of porcelain fused to a metal alloy (PFM), but may also be made entirely of metal or porcelain. The crown is either fixed to the abutment or the implant directly. On the abutment, it can be screwed or cemented. The screw hole would be filled with restorative material such as tooth-colored filling material if the crown is screwed to the abutment (composite).
An implant has the appearance and sound of a natural tooth. When you chew and talk, it fits snugly. A single-tooth implant is a self-contained device that does not require treatment of neighbouring teeth. If the surrounding teeth are intact, they can be left alone with a dental implant, preserving their strength and dignity. The implant will help to strengthen your bite and avoid jaw problems.
What Happens When You Have a Tooth Implant?
Treatment usually consists of three steps that take several months to complete. Your dentist may perform the procedure, or you may be referred to a specialist for all or part of it, such as a periodontist, prosthodontist, or oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
The implant is surgically placed in the jaw, with the top of the implant slightly above the top of the bone in the first move. To prevent gum tissue and other debris from accessing the implant, a screw is inserted.
The gum is then sealed over the implant, where it will stay for three to six months as the implant fuses with the bone (a process known as “osseo integration”).
For a few days after surgery, there may be some swelling and/or tenderness, so pain relief is normally prescribed to relieve the discomfort. During the healing process, a diet of soft foods, cold foods, and warm broth is often prescribed.
The implant is exposed in the second process, after which the dentist adds a “post” to the implant. The gum tissue around the post is allowed to heal. The implant and post will act as the base for the new tooth until healing is complete.
In the final stage, the dentist creates a custom artificial tooth, known as a “dental crown,” that is the right size, shape, colour, and match for the other teeth. The crown is then fixed to the implant post until it has been installed.