Are you suffering from tooth loss? Do you wish to get your missing teeth replaced? Dental implants could be the best choice for teeth replacement procedures. You may find several website that can help you enlighten about these permanent teeth replacement prostheses. But we bring to you the most concise yet detailed step-by-step procedure involved during implant placement.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial dental device that is available as a screw-like post, surgically inserted into the jawbone to replace missing teeth. The implant mimics your missing tooth roots to provide a strong base and anchorage to false or artificial teeth in the form of crowns, dentures, or bridges.
What is the procedure involved during implant placement?
Here is a detailed guide to the step-by-step procedure involved in the implant placement.
1. Initial oral evaluation
- Your dentist or oral surgeon will first record your medical history, and discuss the medications being taken.
- Then a comprehensive examination of the oral cavity will be performed to determine the condition of the edentulous space and the underlying jawbone.
- Evaluation includes oral X-rays to study your bone thickness and volume.
2. Tooth extraction
- If you have any tooth remnants, your dentist will extract them under local anesthesia (a numbing agent) to minimize pain and discomfort.
- The extraction site may be left to heal for some time or your dentist may decide to insert the implant immediately after extraction.
3. Inserting the implant
- If there is no extraction involved, your dentist will begin with an initial incision or cut on your gum tissues (using local anesthesia), to raise a flap.
- Once the flap is raised, the underlying jawbone will be exposed.
- This is followed by drilling a hole in the jawbone using ultrasonic instruments to create space for implant insertion.
- The implant is inserted, and then the flap is repositioned and sutured.
- The implant is allowed to fuse with the jawbone and left to heal for a period of 4 to 6 months.
4. Abutment placement
- Once the surgical site heals, and the implant is stable enough, your dentist will place an abutment over the implant. This is a part of the implant that connects the post to the permanent restoration.
- Your dentist will then provide a healing cap to prevent the tissue and bone from growing over the abutment.
5. Adding the permanent restoration
- After the gums heal, your dentist will provide artificial teeth in the form of crowns, dentures, or bridges.
Currently, dental implants are the most preferred permanent teeth replacement solution. The procedure may be complicated, and require extensive time and effort, but in the end, it’s worth the hype!