What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium or zirconium screw-like posts that are surgically positioned into the jawbone underneath the gums to support artificial replacement teeth.
Clinical and radiological assessment is the first step in the planning for dental implants. The clinical examination involves assessment of the soft tissue at the site while conventional and often 3D radiology (CBCT) is required to determine the amount of bone available.
The two phases in implant therapy are the surgical and the restorative phases. The surgical phase involves placement of the implant(s) in the jawbone. The gums are reflected, and the bone is prepared for the insertion of the implant. The surgical procedure can be performed in the theatre but are mostly done in the dental chair at the practice.
The restorative phase involves attachment of the artificial tooth/ teeth to the integrated implant. The integration of implants may take a 2-4 months. A temporary denture can wear in the interim. If there is adequate stability of the implants at the time of the surgical placement of the implant, the artificial teeth can be placed immediately.
- Dentures and bridges mounted to implants won’t slip or shift in your mouth — an especially important benefit when eating and speaking.
- Improved quality of Life – more confident talking, eating, and laughing in social settings.
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